New York Yankees
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 4:00 ET
Location: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
MLB Betting Odds: Detroit -102
MLB Playoffs On TV: TBS
The ALCS continues with Game 4 on Thursday following Wednesday’s rain out, and that means that we are going to be making our baseball picks and playoff predictions for the game between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees.
We knew that the Yankees were in a whole heck of a lot of trouble after Game 1 of the ALCS, and that continues to ring true. It is anyone’s guess as to who is going to be in the lineup and where they are going to be batting in the order for Manager Joe Girardi, and that type of inconsistency drives us nuts. Of course, it’s the fact that the Yankee bats have been consistently horrid that has caused Girardi to have to make such insane changes. Remember that if you took over 1.5 hits in this series for all three of Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, and Robinson Cano, you’d be a loser on all three accounts.
The first inkling that we have is that CC Sabathia should never be a de facto pick ‘em in a playoff game. After all, he is coming off of a game in which he went the distance in beating the Baltimore Orioles in Game 5 of the ALDS, and that was his fifth straight start going at least eight innings. However, we absolutely love the man that he is playing against tonight, Max Scherzer, who has had plenty of rest with just one start under his belt since September 23rd. Scherzer knows that he can go out there and give it everything that he has, knowing that he is finished pitching until the World Series anyway, and he has a rested bullpen behind him that can bail him out if need be. And in the end, if this game is lost, there are still three more chances to close out the men from the Bronx.
But all of that is why we are taking Detroit right now. The Yankees are a mess, and everyone knows it. There’s just no two ways around it. Sabathia can go out there, giving up one run in eight innings and lose 1-0. And the might be exactly what ends up happening.
New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers Game 4 Pick: Detroit Tigers -102