Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd is poised to take the Yankee Stadium mound for the first time on Sunday afternoon, as the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees square off in their series finale.
Detroit won Thursday night’s opener, 8-7, before dropping Friday and Saturday’s affairs by a combined three runs.
New York currently sits 7.5 games behind Boston for the AL east lead, which seems like an insurmountable gap with the way the Red Sox have been playing. But the Yankees do hold a 5.5 game advantage over Oakland in the wild card.
After today’s game, the Tigers will head to Chicago to take on the White Sox in a three game series that starts on Monday afternoon. The Yankees will head west to take on the Athletics in a crucial series for the wild card race that starts Monday as well.
Detroit Tigers (54-81, 3rd in AL Central) at New York Yankees (86-50, 2nd in AL East)
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
First Pitch: 1:05pm eastern
Coverage: Fox Sports Detroit, 97.1 The Ticket
LHP Matthew Boyd (DET: 8-12, 4.22 ERA) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (NYY: 8-9, 4.84 ERA)
Current Yankees have a .296/.367/.556 slash line against Boyd, per Baseball-Reference, but of the current Yankees only Adeiny Hechavarria and Aaron Hicks have more than three career plate appearances against Boyd. Each of them have mustered just one hit off of Boyd
Conversely, JaCoby Jones is 3-6 in his career against Lance Lynn, also per Baseball-Reference. Of those three hits, one is a double and one is a home run.