The Yankees took last night’s game 10-2.
For the second straight game in this series, New York scored ten or more runs against the Tigers. The scoring began in the top of the first when Gary Sanchez hit a solo home run off of Jordan Zimmerman. The Yankees tacked on five more in the third and one in the fifth to begin the game with seven unanswered runs.
Meanwhile starter Luis Severino was shutting down Tigers hitters left and right. He finished the day with 6.2 innings pitched, allowing one earned run on six hits and striking out eight. The one run came on a solo shot by Ian Kinsler in the sixth. Detroit’s only other run came off a home run by Jose Iglesias in the bottom of the ninth.
Game 3 Starters – Jaime Garcia (LHP) vs Michael Fulmer (RHP)
Garcia brings a 4.52 ERA and 1.38 WHIP into Thursday’s game. Since being acquired from the Twins at the trade deadline, he has made three starts for New York. In those three games, he has pitched 15.2 innings and allowed 11 earned runs on 17 hits, striking out 13. He has yet to have a quality start for the Bombers. This will be the first time he has faced Detroit in 2017.
Fulmer has been superb for the Tigers this year, pitching to a 3.60 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 152.1 innings, along with a 3.00 K/BB. In his last three games, he has pitched 18 innings, giving up 11 earned runs and striking out 13. One of these last three starts was against the Yankees, a game in which he lasted six innings and allowed six earned runs on seven hits while striking out five.
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Who’s hot, and who’s not
Gary Sanchez has five home runs and 13 RBIs in his last six games. The catcher already has ten home runs in August with a week’s worth of games left to play. During this month he has been rocking a 1.133 OPS in 20 games. Todd Frazier is 6-21 in his last six games with a triple, two home runs and a 1.090 OPS.
Aaron Hicks is 4-26 with nine strikeouts in just 29 plate appearances over the course of the last week. Of his four hits, he has one double and one home run, although his slugging percentage during this span is a lowly .308. Brett Gardner has been having an especially rough August, batting .208 in 21 games. He has nearly as many strikeouts (16) as hits (18) this month.
Justin Upton is 7-18 in his last five games with two doubles, three home runs, and five RBIs. He has a 1.421 OPS during this span. The only other Tigers hitters batting above .290 in August are James McCann (.295) and John Hicks (.308).
Ian Kinsler is 4-17 in his last five games with five strikeouts. In 10 games this month, outfielder Alex Presley is hitting .235 and has nine strikeouts in 34 at-bats. Mikie Mahtook has three hits and six strikeouts in his last 25 at-bats.
Prediction: Tigers 7 – 5 Yankees
It’s the Tigers ace versus the Yankees number five starter, so taking Detroit in this one is a no-brainer. I still think New York’s lineup will put up a real fight in this game, but it will be an offensive dogfight as Detroit’s lineup will have a field day of their own against Garcia.
Where to watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on YES and FSD, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers.
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