The Yankees enter the nightcap of today’s split-admission doubleheader with a 38-17 record, while boasting a MLB-leading .691 winning percentage. New York stands two games up in the loss column — with three fewer wins than Boston — in the AL East race. A win tonight puts the Yankees 22 games over .500 for the first time since 2012.
The Bombers aim for their sixth straight win with a sweep of the twin bill and interspersed three-game series in Detroit. New York won the opener back on April 13th. Domingo German (0-3, 5.45 ERA) toes the slab for the Yankees, while Mike Fiers (4-3, 4.45 ERA) climbs the hill for the Tigers.
German is making his fifth start, but still seeks his first career win. German’s 10.6 strikeouts per nine rank the 25-year-old second in the AL behind Shohei Ohtani among rookie hurlers with as many innings pitched.
Replacing the injured Jordan Montgomery, German twirled six no-hit scoreless innings in his debut as a starter on May 6th against Cleveland. Since then, the right-hander hasn’t fared as well. He gave up six runs in each of his next two starts. On May 28th against Houston, he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over 5 2/3 innings to suffer his second straight defeat.
Mike Fiers allowed three runs or more in six of his ten outings this year, while producing only three quality starts. The right-hander allowed one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings during his last against the Angels on May 30th.
When he’s off, the 32-year-old is prone to wildness and giving up long balls. He allowed 32 home runs in 28 starts last year, and two homers in each of four starts this season. Fiers walked 3.6 batters per nine last season, while leading the league with 13 hit batsman. He led the league with 17 wild pitches in 2016.
Fiers started the game against the Yankees on April 13th. He coughed up six runs (five earned) on eight hits while failing to complete six innings. Aaron Hicks homered twice, including an inside-the-parker. It was the first time a Yankee hit both an inside-the-park home run and an over-the-fence homer since Hank Bauer did it in 1956.
We're ready for another one. Game 2 pic.twitter.com/1D7PA4qoQp— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 4, 2018
Here's how we line up for Game 2 of our doubleheader. pic.twitter.com/D7EgpUUFOV— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 4, 2018
How to watch
Location: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
First pitch: 7:10 PM EDT
TV channel: YES
Online streaming: MLB.tv (out-of-market only)
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280 (full listings)