MLB betting (August 24): Yankees keeping pace with Red Sox in AL East

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Updated: August 23, 2017

The New York Yankees missed an opportunity to gain ground in the American League East in direct competition against the first-place Boston Red Sox over the weekend, but will aim to keep the race alive with a second win on the trot over the Tigers in Detroit tonight; overall record: 251-14-225, +33.86 units

 

MLB best of the day: New York Yankees (67-57, 32-35 away) @ Detroit Tigers (54-70, 30-31 home)
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
When: Thursday, August 24, 9.10am (AET)
Starters: Luis Severino (NYY, 10-5, 3.18 ERA), Jordan Zimmermann (DET, 7-10, 5.87 ERA)
Prices: New York $1.88, Detroit $2.04, O/U 9

Confirmed bet: New York -1.5 (two units @ $1.72)

TIW says: Luis Severino will never forget his first outing at Comerica Park. The New York Yankees right-hander made his season debut on April 8 last year in Detroit with the temperature barely above freezing. Severino took the loss that afternoon, allowing three runs on 10 hits in five innings. The temperature will be 40 degrees warmer for tonight’s clash with the Tigers, and he will bring the heat of a fastball that averages in the upper 90s. Severino (pictured below) has won five of his past six starts, including his last outing when he held the New York Mets to one run, which was unearned, in 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine.

The lone loss in that period came when he was battered by Boston for 10 runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings on August 12. Nicholas Castellanos is 4-for-5 versus Severino, who is 1-1 against Detroit. Severino is 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 13 road starts and he ranks third in the American League with a 1.11 WHIP and fourth with a 3.18 ERA and 175 strikeouts. Teammate Gary Sanchez stole Aaron Judge’s thunder in the series opener with a pair of homers, including a mammoth 493-foot homer to ignite a 13-4 drubbing of Detroit and keep the Yankees within 4.5 games of first-place Boston in the American League East.

 

Third baseman Todd Frazier is heating up after a 1-for-18 tailspin, going 6-for-13 with two homers, a triple, five RBIs and six runs scored in the past four games. Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will attempt to beat New York for the second time in three weeks. Zimmermann’s best start of the year came at Yankee Stadium on August 2, when he held New York on six hits over seven scoreless innings. He was smashed for seven runs for the second successive start last time out, also giving up 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bizarrely, Zimmermann switched from the third base side of the pitching rubber to the first base side during that outing.

He lasted only 3 1/3 innings in his previous start against Minnesota, but escaped with a no-decision. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 15.37 ERA over his last two starts. The good news for Zimmermann is that he has fared well against the Yankees. He has a 3-0 record and 1.33 ERA in four outings against them. In yesterday’s series opener, Castellanos ended a 12-game homer drought with a pair of blasts, including an inside-the-parker, as Detroit fell to 1-7 in their past eight games. The Tigers have actually won four of the past six over the Yankees but this looks a bad spot for the home team.

 

Other confirmed bets

Toronto Blue Jays WIN @ Tampa Bay Rays (one unit @ $2.02)
Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds +10 (one unit @ $1.98)
Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (one unit @ $2.08)
San Diego Padres +1.5 @ St. Louis Cardinals (one unit @ $1.74)
Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox -9.5 (one unit @ $1.88)
Washington Nationals +1.5 @ Houston Astros (one unit @ $1.70)

 

Today’s other games

Oakland Athletics @ Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers @ San Francisco Giants
Miami Marlins @ Philadelphia Phillies
Boston Red Sox @ Cleveland Indians
Arizona Diamondbacks @ New York Mets
Seattle Mariners @ Atlanta Braves
Colorado Rockies @ Kansas City Royals
Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels

 

Yesterday’s results: 5-0-2, +0.39 units

Seattle Mariners @ Atlanta Braves +10/total (three units @ $1.86) LOSE (0-4)
New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers +9.5 (one unit @ $1.87) WIN (13-4)
Los Angeles Dodgers WIN @ Pittsburgh Pirates (one unit @ $1.86) WIN (8-5)
Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels +9.5 (one unit @ $1.91) WIN (1-10)
San Diego Padres @ St. Louis Cardinals -1.5 (one unit @ $2.27) LOSE (12-4)
Washington Nationals +1.5 @ Houston Astros (one unit @ $1.80) WIN (4-3)
Miami Marlins @ Philadelphia Phillies (2) +10 (one unit @ $1.95) WIN (7-4)

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Unibet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Bets void if listed pitchers do not start. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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