Series Preview: Yankees at Tigers
In their first meeting since the brawl on August 24, 2017, the New York Yankees will head to Comerica Park to take on the Detroit Tigers.
After losing three out of four to the Baltimore Orioles and two out of three to the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees will look to bounce back against the rebuilding Detroit Tigers. The Tigers will be looking to bounce back in their own right, as they were just swept in a four game series by the Cleveland Indians.
Jordan Montgomery (0-0, 4.82), will toe the rubber Friday night for the Yankees, and Mike Fiers (1-0, 0.00 ERA), will take the ball for the Tigers. Montgomery will look to settle back in after a forgettable outing against the Orioles, one in which he gave up four runs in four and a third innings pitched. In Fiers’ first start of the season, he pitched six innings and gave up 0 runs against the Chicago White Sox on April 8th as he earned his first win of the season.
The starter for the Yankees this Saturday has yet to be named. Francisco Liriano (1-1, 2.13 ERA), will be on the mound for the Tigers.
On Sunday Luis Severino (2-1, 3.50 ERA), will look to replicate his first two outings of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays. The Tigers will counter with Matthew Boyd (0-1, 1.38 ERA).
You can’t win a pennant in April, but you can certainly lose one, and for a Yankee team who has World Series aspirations, they need to at least take two out of three against the 4-8 Tigers. New York will need improve in every facet compared to how they performed against Boston.
Between Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray, they all allowed at least five runs in each of their outings against the Red Sox. Defensively, it may not have displayed in the box score, but their performance was abysmal last night, and it played a huge role in the game getting out of hand early. At the plate, their bats need to be more consistent as opposed to how they performed against Boston. In their lone win against the Red Sox, they scored 10 runs but in their two losses, they combined for just four. Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez both showed signs of breaking out of early season slumps which bodes well for a team in need of more production at the plate.
If Montgomery and Severino can both turn in solid outings and the defense and offense play better than they did against Boston, there is no reason why a team that came within one game of making the World Series can’t win at least two games in a three game series against a rebuilding Tigers team. This would give New York some much needed momentum before heading home to take on the Miami Marlins in a three game series.
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