NY Yankees, Tigers close MLB betting series

By: Brad Young | Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers conclude a four-game series with Thursday’s matchup.  New York currently resides atop the American League East standings, while the Tigers are below .500 and in the middle of the AL Central pack.

The Bronx Bombers already have a stellar +37 scoring differential, posting 146 runs while yielding 109.  Detroit is at -22, scoring 124 runs while surrendering 146.

These teams split the first two games of this series, while New York took two of three games at home to start the season.  The Yankees are now 6-2 the past eight meetings with the Tigers, while the ‘over’ has gone 6-1-1.

Don Best's Real-Time Odds opened New York as a slight 115 road favorite over Detroit, with the total set at nine.

Thursday’s contest is slated to start at 10:05 a.m. PT from Detroit’s Comerica Park.  The forecast calls for sunny skies, with a high of 65 degrees and a low of 50.

New York hurler A.J. Burnett (4-1, 3.93 ERA) got back on the winning track with Saturday’s home triumph over Toronto as 149 ‘chalk,’ 5-4.  The 12-year veteran went six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits (one home run) with no walks and four strikeouts on just 82 pitches.

The combined nine runs landed directly on the closing total.  The Yankees had dropped his previous two starts.

Burnett beat the Tigers April 2 as a 182 home favorite, 10-6, while the combined 16 runs soared ‘over’ the 9 ½-run closing total.  The 34-year-old was reached for three runs on five hits (one home run) with a walk and six strikeouts over five innings and 86 pitches.

New York is just 1-7 in Burnett’s previous eight road starts, while the ‘over’ is 6-2-1 his last nine starts overall.

Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello (1-2, 4.25 ERA) picked up a no-decision in Saturday’s effort against Cleveland.  The 22-year-old pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits (two home runs) with a walk and seven strikeouts on 100 pitches.

The Tigers eventually dropped that matchup as a 110 road underdog, 3-2, while the combined five runs went ‘under’ the nine-run closing total.  The ‘under’ has now cashed in his past two performances.  Detroit is now 1-7 its last seven games overall.

Porcello faced the Yankees twice last season, splitting those two contests.  The two-year veteran went a combined 12 innings, yielding six runs on 10 hits with six walks and four strikeouts.  The Tigers prevailed as a 129 home underdog, 2-0, while losing as a 219 road ‘dog, 11-5.

Thursday’s home-plate umpire will be Tim Tschida, who has already called seven games this season.  During those outings, the ‘over’ is 5-2 with an average of 11.7 runs per game, 9.1 walks and 14.0 strikeouts.

New York continues a seven-game road trip after this contest with three games against Texas.  Detroit follows this brief four-game homestand with a six-game road trip versus Toronto and Minnesota.

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