The Yankees are favored but the way Javier Vazquez has been pitching they probably shouldn’t be. Vazquez has been terrible for New York this season and there will be some gamblers taking a shot against New York in baseball betting with Vazquez on the mound.
MLB betting odds almost always favor the Yankees, even when they are on the road, and in this case with their worst pitcher on the mound. Vazquez is 1-3 on the season with an ERA of almost 10. He could be opposed in this game by Dontrelle Willis and although Willis is nothing special, he did pitch well his last time out. The Yankees actually pushed back Vazquez in the rotation so he would miss the Boston series. In his last start on May 1st, Vazquez was shelled for five runs against the White Sox. He has not made it out of the sixth inning in any start this season. He is 6-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 13 career starts vs. Detroit.
This is the first game of a nine-game homestand for the Tigers in MLB betting and it is a special night. The Tigers are paying tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell before the game. A flag with Mr. Harwell's initials will be raised on the center field flag pole before the game. It will be flown throughout the rest of this season. The Tigers will also be wearing a patch on their right sleeve the rest of this season that has the initials of Mr. Harwell.
The Yankees have won 7 of the last 10 against the Tigers in MLB betting. New York took five of six last season from Detroit including two of three at Detroit. Two of those three games went over the total in baseball betting while the three meetings in New York all went under.
New York has been in the Top 5 on offense and in pitching this season and that means a lot of wins. They are likely to have to battle Tampa Bay and Boston all season so they will need to keep those lofty numbers. The Tigers are 9-3 vs. the MLB betting odds at home this season. Detroit has been very good at home while they have struggled on the road.