The team that many thought had the best in baseball this year, the New York Yankees staved off elimination on Tuesday night and forced a Game 5 in the Bronx. Can they get the job done? Check out our MLB predictions for New York’s game against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.
Year To Date Record: 8-9, -$20
MLB Predictions: Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees
Date: Thursday, October 6th, 8:37 ET
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
MLB Playoffs Odds: New York -155, Over/Under 9 (over -110)
MLB Playoffs TV Schedule: TBS
The Tigers might have blown their best chance at taking this series, as they weren’t just beaten by AJ Burnett, they were destroyed by him. The much beleaguered pitcher came up in a big time way when he was truly needed the most and allowed just one run in spite of the fact that he got into a lot of trouble, and the big time bats picked him up in a 10-1 romp.
Now, it’s up to Ivan Nova to finish the job. It seems odd that Manager Joe Girardi and all of the fans in the Big Apple have all the confidence in the world in this rookie, but that confidence is generally justified. After all, Nova did win 16 games this year and was clearly in control of his emotions in the Game 1 win that he picked up in the third inning after a rain suspension.
Opposing Nova will be Doug Fister, a man who probably never thought that he would be pitching in a game like this at the start of the year. Fister came over from the Seattle Mariners, one of the worst teams in baseball, and now, he has the weight of Motown on his shoulders. Fister was a sub-.500 pitcher all year long though, and he didn’t pitch well at all in Game 1 when he had the wheels come off in a huge New York offensive outburst, and we aren’t so sure that he can pick up the slack in this one.
Remember that the New York bullpen is as fresh as a daisy in this one, and this unit really hasn’t had a chance to shine yet in this series. Don’t think that CC Sabathia and/or Justin Verlander might not make an appearance in this one. In the end though, it’ll be the Yanks that find a way to get the job done to move on to a series with the Texas Rangers.
Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees Game 5 Picks: New York -155