MLB Best Bet For September 5, 2023 | Tigers vs. Yankees

It’s nice to start out the week on the plus side! We went 2-1 yesterday with our picks on the Giants and Cubs. Now we’re wanting to expand that winner’s edge with Detroit (63-74) visiting the New York Yankees (68-69) tonight.

The Pitchers

Gerrit Cole (12-4, 2.95 ERA) takes the mound for the Yankees tonight having won in back-to-back starts for the first time since the end of May. He’s allowed an average of 3.00 earned runs per game over his last five starts, which puts him slightly above his season average, but the results have still been there.

The Tigers are going to oppose Cole with Alex Faedo (2-5, 4.89 ERA) who has been rotating between a starter and a middle reliever. He’s only allowing an average of 1.6 earned runs per appearance over his last five, but he’s also been limited in time on the mound. The last time he threw was on Saturday, and he went one scoreless inning against the White Sox. He’s only gone deeper than five innings once in his last five appearances.

The Lineups

Spencer Torkelson and Matt Vierling lead a Detroit lineup that has plated 23 runs over the last five games. Torkelson has gone yard a team-best 25 times and has knocked in721 RBI. Vierling paces the Tigers in batting average with a .260 mark. Five players in Detroit’s lineup have recorded at least one hit off of Cole.

New York is led by Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres. Judge leads the Yankees with 32 home runs while Torres leads the team in batting average (.277) and RBI (58). None of the players in the New York lineup have faced Faedo. Over the last five games New York has only scored 26 runs.

The Streaks

This should be a lot of fun for two teams that are on the outside of the playoffs and looking in. The Tigers travel to The Big Apple having won four in a row. The Yankees have won three in a row and four of their last five.

The Odds

Yankees -1.5

Yankees -270 on the moneyline

O/U 8

The Yankees are heavy favorites in this one due to the pitching advantage. However, don’t count out Detroit’s bats. I think the Tigers will keep this to within the +1.5 but the Yankees will ultimately take the win in a came that come in on the under.

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