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Detroit Tigers (18-14) vs. New York Yankees (21-13)

When: Saturday, 1:05 p.m.

Where: Yankee Stadium in New York.

TV: Bally Sports Detroit. (Do you have Xfinity but still looking for a way to watch BSD? Here are some other options.)

Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1). (Tigers Radio Affiliate).

Likely throwers: Tigers RHP Casey Mize (1-0, 3.08 ERA) vs. Yankees RHP Clarke Schmidt (2-1, 3.19 ERA).

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Tigers lineup:TBA.

CARLOS MONARREZ: Despite a non-disastrous start, is it way too early to talk about playoffs for the Detroit Tigers?

Game notes: We know, we know — Casey Mize's return from Tommy John and back surgeries that cost him most of the 2022 season and all of 2023 means he's only started five times. But we still have to ask (mainly because there are 162 games coming up). a season, and we have to have something for tonight's matinee in the Bronx) this question: Is Mize back?

The early returns in 2024 — even beyond his 18 strikeouts and six walks en route to a 3.08 ERA over 26⅓ innings — are promising. Sure, the strikeout total isn't great, and based on his 26 hits allowed, he's probably staying in the strike zone a little too much. But only four of those hits came for extra bases (with one home run allowed, back in Pittsburgh on April 9), resulting in a FIP (aka Fielding Independent Pitching) grade of 3.06-14Th Best among AL pitchers with at least 26 innings on Friday.

By the way: Four Tigers starters are in the top 14 in the FIP, with Tarik Skubal (2.18) at No. 4, Reese Olson (2.78) at No. 9 and Jack Flaherty (2.83) at No. 12. This , combined with the Tigers' just 65 extra-base hits allowed (28.9% of their hit total, fifth in the MLB and second in the AL) goes a long way toward explaining their strong start on the mound this season.

But back to Mize: Now that the 2018 No. 1 overall pick is finally healthy — he told reporters last month that he no longer feels nerve pain that shortened his mechanics in his first few seasons — he brings a four-seam -Fastball that is more than two miles per hour faster than in 2022. This four-seater raced at an average speed of 93.4 miles per hour in 2022, just in the 41stst percentile; However, this season he's hitting the plate at 95.5 mph, good for 79Th percentile. Mize has also shown increasing effectiveness with his splitter; This breaking ball reached an average speed of just 84.5 mph during limited use in 2022. But in 2024, Mize throws the splitter at 86.1 mph, with a run rate per 100 pitches of 1.7 – good for 14Th among MLB split-finger fastballs this season.

On the other hand, this is a strength-versus-strength matchup between Mize's splitter and the Yankees' lineup, which entered Friday with a .293 splitter this season, second-best in the MLB (only behind the Blue Jays' .400 mark ) and 114 points better than the league mark of .179. (Pity the poor AL East-leading Orioles, who have yet to hit a splitter in 43 pitches this season.)

After today's matinee at The House That Juan Soto Might Inherit, the Tigers and Yanks conclude their series on Sunday afternoon, with left guard Tarik Skubal on the mound for Detroit and left guard Nestor Cortes pitching for New York. The Tigers then travel to Cleveland for a three-game set starting Monday, while the Yanks have Monday off before welcoming the Astros to town for a three-game set starting Tuesday.

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