New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019
The New York Yankees started off their 10-game road trip by winning three of four in Boston but they have not enjoyed their brief stay in Detroit, blowing a six-run lead in a 12-11 loss to the worst team in the majors in the series opener. Rain then washed out Wednesday night's game, forcing the Yankees and host Tigers to play a straight doubleheader Thursday afternoon.
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New York clubbed six homers -- two each by Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius -- in Tuesday's loss to give them a franchise-record 276 on the season, second only to the Minnesota Twins. One positive for the Yankees: they are 11-1 in doubleheaders this season as they prepare to play their seventh twin-bill. Christin Stewart has homered in three of the past four contests while Harold Castro is 12-for-25 with six RBIs over his past six games for the Tigers, who are 19-50 at home. Detroit's Matthew Boyd will oppose J.A. Happ in Game 1 on Thursday before Tigers righty Spencer Turnbull squares off against CC Sabathia 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opening contest.
TV: 4:40 p.m. ET, YES (New York), FS Detroit
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH CC Sabathia (5-8, 4.93 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Spencer Turnbull (3-14, 4.68)
Sabathia will come off the injured list and hopes to end his seven-start winless drought, although he will be on a pitch count and followed by Domingo German in relief. He lasted only three innings in his last outing against Oakland, giving up just a solo homer over three innings before his ailing right knee forced him from the game. Gordon Beckham is 11-for-25 with a pair of homers off Sabathia, who is 21-14 lifetime versus Detroit but has failed to pitch beyond 4 1/3 innings in his last five turns.
Turnbull lasted only 1 2/3 innings at Oakland on Friday and was tagged for four runs and four hits, but he avoided losing his sixth consecutive start and 11th decision in a row when the Tigers rallied for a 5-4 victory. That enabled him to avert becoming the first Detroit pitcher to start 14 straight defeats, although a setback on Thursday will make him the first Tigers hurler with 15 losses since Justin Verlander in 2008. Turnbull is 0-9 at home entering his first appearance against the Yankees.
1. Yankees CF Aaron Hicks (elbow) is done for the season and could still face Tommy John surgery.
2. Tigers CF Victor Reyes has hit safely in 12 consecutive games.
3. Gardner went deep for the first two times in 27 games at Comerica Park on Tuesday to set a career high with his 22nd and 23rd homers.
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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 1 Gregory Soto #65 | RP
- HOMERUNS 15 Brandon Dixon #12 | 2B
- RUNS BATTED IN 55 Miguel Cabrera #24 | 1B
- STOLEN BASES 12 Niko Goodrum #28 | 3B
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 17.182 Jose Manuel Fernandez #57 | RP
- WINS 8 Matthew Boyd #48 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 138 Niko Goodrum #28 | 3B
- SAVES 22 Shane Greene #61 | RP
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- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Stumpf has been placed on the 60-day injured list with a left elbow strain and will likely miss the remainder of the 2019 season.
- PersonalProb Sun | probable
Boyd is tending to a family matter but is expected to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the White Sox.
- HeartQues Wed | questionable
Farmer missed the last game due to an accelerated heart beat and dizziness. His availability against the Indians on Wednesday is in question.
- TricepOut Wed | out
Candelario was absent from the lineup during the previous game with soreness in his triceps, and he will not play Wednesday against the Indians.
- KneeProb Mon | probable
Cabrera sat out the previous game due to right knee soreness, but he is expected to be in the lineup for Monday's matchup against the Orioles.
- Groinout for season | 10-day IL
Goodrum has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a left groin strain. He is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
- RestQues Thurs | questionable
Castellanos is likely to be absent from the starting lineup against the Padres on Thursday as he is expected to receive a day of rest.
- ForearmProb Wed | probable
Castro is expected to play Wednesday against the Yankees despite a right forearm injury.
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- ShoulderQues Fri | questionable
Judge was held out of the previous game due to a jammed right shoulder, and it is uncertain if he will play Friday against the Blue Jays on Friday.
- BicepProb Fri | probable
Happ is nursing tendinitis in his biceps, but he is expected to take the mound for his next start Friday against the Blue Jays.
- ShoulderMid Oct | 60-day IL
Holder has been shifted to the 60-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation, and it is uncertain if he will be activated for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
- Backout for season | 60-day IL
Hale has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a lumbar spine strain. He is projected to be idle for the remainder of the season.
- GroinLate Sept | out
Sanchez has been sidelined due to tightness in his left groin. It is unknown if he will return before the end of the regular season.
- Achillesout for season | 60-day IL
Betances suffered a partially torn left Achilles tendon and is on the 60-day injured list, ending his season.
- PersonalOut indefinitely | out
German has been placed on administrative leave for violating the league's domestic violence policy. A timeline for his return to the mound has yet to be established.
- Footout for season | 60-day IL
Bird has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a left plantar fascia tear. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
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