A 10-3 win @ Cleveland makes it 12 in a row for Detroit
Max Scherzer is having an amazing season and after looking unstoppable for quite some time now, the rest of the Tigers team has joined in to dominate the Cleveland Indians. Many believed it to be a fairly equal series as these are the top two teams in the Central division of the American League but the Tigers were out for blood. After a 10-3 win at Cleveland, the Detroit Tigers extend their winning streak to 12 consecutive games and seem to have the division in their pockets.
Max Scherzer wins 17th
After getting the first four-game sweep against the Indians for the Tigers in 25 years, the team manager stated that this is a “fairytale series”. While the entire Detroit team looked amazing throughout the game, Scherzer was the one who took the spotlight by becoming the first 17-game winner this year in baseball. Miguel Cabrera got in three runs to solidify their position in the AL Central.
With his great streak, Scherzer is the first Tigers pitcher to go 17-1 in franchise history. It has been over a decade since Roger Clemens had 17-1 for the Yankees in 2001. However, the player stated after the game that it is not just his achievement, and that it is something he managed to do with the help of his team. It is indeed a team effort, one that is very similar to the winning streak they got in September 2011, when they took their first AL Central title. With a seven-game lead in the division, it would seem very likely that Detroit will manage to repeat the 2011 performance.
There is still plenty of baseball still to be played and the Tigers know better than to assume they won the race and go to sleep. Cleveland remains a very strong team and they aren’t going anywhere despite the Tigers shaking their nerves a little with late-innings comebacks during the series. The game on Thursday sealed the deal and completed one of the best four-game series the Tigers have ever played.
Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees
The Detroit Tigers will look to improve on their winning streak on Friday, when they will face off against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. The Yankees had a very bad road trip as they continue to fight for a sport in the playoffs but their window is getting smaller and smaller. They are 3-7 from their last 10 games and a 29-25 record at home doesn’t make them a big threat for the upcoming series on the Yankee Stadium.
Against the Detroit Tigers, Ivan Nova will start in the first game. The fact that he is coming from a win might give him the confidence needed to stop Detroit’s streak right from the start. However, it is hard to ignore the great performance that the Detroit Tigers had against their biggest rival in the AL Central and how strong they look going into this series against the Yankees.
Players that enjoy online gambling and want to bet on the upcoming series should know that the Detroit Tigers are favored to win. The top online bookmakers have released the lines for the first game and the Tigers have a -1½ +130 point spread while the Yankees are at +1½ -150. Most of the users thus far chose to wager on Detroit (around 73%). The Over/Under bets for the first game are at 8½.
While the Yankees might already look out of the running, they might have what it takes to take the win against the Tigers and get back in the race for the playoffs. On the other hand, Detroit can already see the finish line and are sprinting towards it.