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#964 Detroit Tigers 9.5
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:40pm EDT
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When and where: September 11, 2019, Comerica Park, Detroit, MI, 6:40 PM ET

Cue the Imperial March for the Detroit Tigers as the New York Yankees storm into Comerica Park for a three-game series meeting. The Tigers somehow managed to steal a game on the road against the Oakland Athletics, but they were still defeated for their eighth consecutive series loss. The Yankees, on the other hand, dominated the Boston Red Sox in three consecutive games to close out their fifth straight series victory. CC Sabathia is slated to start at pitcher for the Yankees on Wednesday opposite of Detroit’s Matthew Boyd.

Sabathia all in for a championship

Yankees left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia could have easily called it a career this season. The 39-year-old has dedicated 18 years to playing in the big leagues, but he has finally reached the age where his body is starting to break down. He has already been on the injured list three times this season for inflammation in his right knee—a chronic issue that calls for a career-ending surgery.

If the Yankees weren’t in a position to contend for a World Series, Sabathia could have easily called it a career and walked away from the game forever. Yet, that isn’t the case with the Yankees tied with the Houston Astros for the best record in the league (95-50).

“It’s the only thing. I think if this team wasn’t in a position to win a championship, I probably would have had the surgery a long time ago,” Sabathia told the New York Post.

Sabathia won a championship with the Yankees back in 2009, and he’d love to run it back at least one more time before retiring. After easily dispatching of the Red Sox, the Yankees are pretty much in cruise control to win the AL East division and claim a playoff spot.

Sabathia will get his first start on the mound since August 30 against the Tigers. He is throwing a 4.93 ERA with a 5-8 record. While he has faced tough opposition, his statistics have slid significantly in the last stretch of the season with him earning four losses in his last five outings.

Things could be worse for the Tigers

The Tigers can at least find solace in the very likelihood they won’t tie the dreaded 2003 team that went 43-119. Of course, that’s assuming they actually win one more game this season, which isn’t a given considering the way they’ve been playing. After facing the Yankees, they still have 11 more games against the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox.

Surely, they can win one of those games, right?

They’d better figure out a way if they hope to avoid any further embarrassment. They are ranked dead last in the AL Central division with the worst record in baseball. On Tuesday, they avoided a three-game losing streak by knocking off the Yankees in a shootout in the series opener, thanks to a walk-off single by Jordy Mercer.

Boyd hopes to lead the Tigers to a series victory when he starts on the mound on Wednesday. The 28-year-old left-handed pitcher is throwing a 4.57 ERA with 225 strikeouts and an 8-10 record. He is coming off back-to-back wins over the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals. Although the Royals lit him up with 10 hits in his most recent outing, he only gave up three runs in six-plus innings of work.

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Say what you want about Sabathia’s recent struggles, but his mere presence on the mound will galvanize the Yankees on Wednesday, especially after their upset series-opening loss to the Tigers. It’s pretty inspirational considering Sabathia’s age and his willingness to put his body through the grinder to be available for his team in hopes of achieving something special.

It should also help that he’s pitching against the worst offensive team in baseball. The Tigers have a functioning slash line of .239/.293/.388 on the season, and they are also averaging only 3.94 runs per game, which is worse than any other team in the league. If there’s any team Sabathia can turn back the clock against, it would be the Tigers.

Tuesday’s game was an obvious aberration with the Yankees blowing a six-point lead and the Tigers putting up 12 runs to win. They won’t be able to replicate that offensive performance on Wednesday as the Yankees hold them to a close contest and eke out a victory.

Prediction: New York Yankees (-1 ½ -130)

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Outside of Tuesday’s offensive blow-up, the Tigers and Yankees haven’t scored more than four combined runs in three of their last four head-to-head meetings. These are usually tightly-contested defensive games that come down to great pitching and one or two big-time offensive plays making all of the difference. The same will be the case on Wednesday with the under being the winning betting total.

Prediction: Under (9.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.