New York Yankees
Date: Sunday, October 14th, 4:07 ET
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
MLB Betting Odds: New York -138
MLB Playoffs On TV: TBS
Our 2012 MLB playoffs picks continue on Sunday night in New York, where the New York Yankees battle it out with the Detroit Tigers. Join us for our MLB predictions for what should be a remarkable Game 2 of the ALCS.
The Yankees are in some serious trouble right now. Manager Joe Girardi had already made up his mind that he was going to throw both Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia on short rest for Games 2 and 3 in this series so he could bring them both back on regular rest for the prospective Games 6 and 7. However, the Yanks are going to have to win at least two of the next four to make sure that that is even remotely relevant, and it is clear that this series is going to be going back to Motown with the Bronx Bombers in bad shape even if they win this one.
Not only is Kuroda going on short rest and pitching in an afternoon game, which takes away another three hours of rest time before pitching again, but he is also going to be doing it with a bullpen that has thrown a lot of innings of late. Every pitcher except for Joba Chamberlain threw last night for the Yankees, including the only other man that could have been an option to start, David Phelps. Now to make matters worse, Derek Jeter’s season is over after he broke his ankle in the 12th inning last night. Goodness knows what Manager Joe Girardi is going to be able to do with this game.
Anibal Sanchez isn’t the greatest pitcher in the world, but at least he has the majority of his bullpen available for him. There is a serious need for a closer for sure for Detroit after Jose Valverde melted down for the second time in the last four nights, but at least that’s just one man that needs to be replaced, not seemingly an entire team. Barring some more heroics out of Raul Ibanez and the sorts, this is going to be the continuation of devastation for the Yankees.
Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees Pick: Detroit Tigers +122