Aaron Judge made a loud statement over the first half of the season by delivering a series of tape-measure home runs, but he finally brought a quiet end to another noteworthy streak. Having snapped a string of 37 games with at least one strikeout, Judge and the visiting New York Yankees continue a three-game set at the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
Teammate Gary Sanchez stole Judge’s thunder in the series opener with a pair of homers, including a mammoth 493-foot homer to ignite a 13-4 drubbing of Detroit and keep the Yankees within 4 1/2 games of first-place Boston in the American League East. Third baseman Todd Frazier is heating up after a 1-for-18 tailspin, going 6-for-13 with two homers, a triple, five RBIs and six runs scored in the past four games. Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos ended a 12-game homer drought with a pair of blasts, including an inside-the-parker, as Detroit fell to 1-7 in the past eight games. Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will attempt to beat New York for the second time in three weeks when he faces Luis Severino, who has permitted one earned run or fewer in six of his last seven starts.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, WPIX (New York), FSN Detroit
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Luis Severino (10-5, 3.18 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Jordan Zimmermann (7-10, 5.87 ERA)
Severino bounced back from his worst outing of the year with a solid effort at the New York Mets last time out, permitting one run on four hits while striking out nine over six innings. He is 5-1 over his last six starts, the lone loss coming when he was battered by Boston for 10 runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings on Aug. 12. Castellanos is 4-for-5 versus Severino, who is 1-1 against Detroit.
Zimmermann’s best start of the year came at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 2, when he stymied New York on six hits over seven scoreless innings. He was pummeled for seven runs for the second straight start last time out, also giving up 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Zimmermann lasted only 3 1/3 innings in his previous start against Minnesota, but was able to escape with a no-decision.
1. Yankees OF Aaron Hicks snapped out of a 1-for-19 funk with a homer and three RBIs, boosting his career-high totals to 13 and 45.
2. Tigers CF Mikie Mahtook is hitless in 12 at-bats over his last three games.
3. Yankees LF Brett Gardner is riding a five-game hitting streak.
PREDICTION: Yankees 6, Tigers 3