NY Mets (56-53) at Detroit (60-49)
When: Saturday, August 6th 2016
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: SNY, FSN Detroit
The Detroit Tigers will look to continue their march up the American League Central standings when they host the New York Mets on Saturday night. Detroit’s 4-3 victory over New York last night moved them to within two games of Central-leading Cleveland. Designated hitter Victor Martinez belted a go-ahead two-run homer Friday to power the Tigers to their ninth win in 10 games. Miguel Cabrera has hit safely in five straight and nine of his last 10 games, collecting six homers and 14 RBIs in that span. The Mets, meanwhile have dropped seven of its last 10 to fall nine games behind division-leading Washington in the National League East. Kelly Johnson has homered in back-to-back games for the Mets, who are two back of the second wild card in the NL. Tigers C James McCann has 11 RBIs over his last eight games, while Mets 2B Neil Walker is 8-for-17 during a four-game hitting streak.
Pitchers: Mets – Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.20 ERA) | Tigers – Matt Boyd (2-2, 4.71)
Logan Verrett has been going back and forth from the bullpen to starter all season and will make his 11th start tonight. Verrett hasn’t won a game since April, and has only one victory as a starter. He ended up with his fourth straight no-decision last time out, giving up three runs on four hits over five innings against the Yankees. Verrett will be making his first appearance against the Tigers.
Matt Boyd will get his 10th start and he’s managed to maintain a starting role by going unbeaten in his last four trips to the mound. Boyd’s longest outing as a starter is only 6.1 innings and has only reached the sixth inning three times. He earned the win last time out against Houston by holding them to three runs in five innings. Boyd has been at his best at home, posting a 2-1 record and 2.63 ERA in five appearances (four starts).
Both pitchers have trouble going deep into games and right now the Tigers are the hottest team in baseball. The Mets are fading fast. Detroit is a solid 32-20 at home this season and should win this game easily.
Pick: Tigers -1.5 +135