Detroit Tigers (29-32) vs Boston Red Sox (41-19)Date : 06/07/2018
Time : 7:10 pm EST
Location : Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
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Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox
The finale of a 3-game set between the visiting Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox will take place at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday night at 7:10 pm EST. The Tigers have been on a tear recently winning 6 of their last 7 while catapulting themselves to the 2nd place spot within the AL West while the Red Sox have won 4 of their last 6 games while manning the top spot within the AL East division. Recently, the Tigers split a 2-game home set versus the NY Yankees on 6-4-2018 while the Red Sox tied a 4-game road set against the Houston Astros on 6-3-2018. This will be the 1st meeting amongst these two teams all year, however, the Tigers have won 4 of the last 7 games while the Red Sox saw a victory in 2 of the last 3 games at Fenway Park on 6-9-2017.
Detroit Tigers 's Latest Performance :
The Detroit Tigers have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2. The Tigers would win a 3-game home set versus the lowly Chicago White Sox on 5-27-2018. They would also take a 4-game home set versus the Los Angeles Angels on 5-31-2018. In their most recent 3-game set, the Tigers would get yet another series win over the Blue Jays on 6-3-2018. Most recently, in a doubleheader against the Yankees on 6-4-2018, the Tigers were able to tie the series with a 4-2 win.
Currently, the Tigers are averaging 4.33 runs per game (13th) with a team batting average of .257 (8th), 51 homers (29th), along with 29 stolen bases (15th). Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 4.29 (20th) with 457 strikeouts (25th), along with 22 quality starts on the year (21st).
Miguel Cabrera (.315 BA on 111 AB), Nicholas Castellanos (.333 BA on 234 AB), and Leonys Martin (.258 BA on 186 AB) spearhead the Tiger offensive attack. Jeimer Candelario (.270 BA on 189 AB) along with Victor Martinez (.257 BA on 179 AB) have also been solid as well this season.
Matthew Boyd (3-4) has pitched 64 innings this year while allowing 23 runs on 47 hits, 5 homers, 22 walks, and 48 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.23 while Michael Fulmer (2-5) has pitched 66.2 innings while allowing 38 runs on 64 hits, 9 homers, 27 walks, and 55 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.72.
Boston Red Sox's Latest Performance :
The Boston Red Sox come into this game winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 4-1. Recently, the Red Sox would defeat the Braves in a 3-game home set on 5-27-2018. They would also go on to sweep a 3-game home set versus the Toronto Blue Jays on 5-30-2018. Following this series, they were able to salvage a 4-game road set at Minute Maid Field versus the Houston Astros on 6-3-2018 by winning game 4 by a score of 9-3 to get the series tie.
For the season, the Red Sox are averaging 5.33 runs per game (2nd) with a team batting average of .266 (1st), 88 homers (2nd), along with 45 stolen bases (3rd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.62 (9th) with 587 strikeouts (2nd) along with 29 quality starts on the year (4th).
Mookie Betts (.359 BA on 184 AB), J.D. Martinez (.315 BA on 219 AB), Hanley Ramirez (.254 BA on 177 AB), Rafael Devers (.226 BA on 217 AB) and Andrew Benintendi (.296 BA on 216 AB) have all been consistent at the plate this year for the Red Sox and are their primary offensive leaders. Eduardo Nunez (.259 BA on 201 AB) is also a key offensive component for Boston.
Chris Sale (5-3, 81 IP, 29 R, 58 H, 10 HR, 21 BB, 110 SO, 3.00 ERA), Rick Porcello (8-2, 80.1 IP, 36 R, 74 H, 7 HR, 17 BB, 75 SO, 3.59 ERA) and David Price (6-4, 68.1 IP, 34 R, 58 H, 7 HR, 27 BB, 66 SO, 4.08) have held it down for the Red Sox pitching staff all season.
How Detroit Tigers & Boston Red Sox Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Red Sox are 32-28 ATS while the O/U is 31-27-2. On the other hand, the Tigers are 33-28 ATS while the O/U is 27-32-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Matthew Boyd (3-4) and Drew Pomeranz (1-3) will toe the mound on Thursday night looking to not only remain consistent in their approach to batters, but, to also utilize the focus needed in which to better put their teams in a position to win. In Boyd’s last outing, he pitched 7 innings while allow 6 runs on 8 hits in a 7-4 win versus the Blue Jays in which he received the no-decision on 6-2-2018. Pomeranz, on the other hand, pitched 5 innings while giving up 4 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, 1 homer, and 5 strikeouts in a 4-2 road loss versus the Houston Astros on 5-31-2018.
Boyd has not had much experience against the batters for Boston, however, Andrew Benintendi (1-2), Xander Bogaerts (1-4), Jackie Bradley, Jr. (0-3), Brock Holt (1-1), Sandy Leon (1-3), Mitch Moreland (.364 BA on 11 AB), and Eduardo Nunez (0-3) have each had experience and a bit of success against the lefty in the past. On the other hand, the Tigers’ Nicholas Castellanos (.333 BA on 6 AB), Jose Iglesias (.167 BA on 6 AB), Leonys Martin (.0-7), Victory Martinez (0-8), and James McCann (.167 BA on 6 AB) have had experience facing the left-hander in their respective careers.
Totals Selection: Under
My reason for the prediction :
As I stated in earlier articles, this matchup will be one of the more interesting matchups of the week. On one hand, you have the red-hot Red Sox that have truly been dominant all season, yet, they have had to deal with recent injury to their lineup. On the other hand, the Tigers are riding high at this moment and winners of 5 of their last 7 games and looking to obtain a gauge as to how great they can be with a date, once again, with Boston at Fenway. I expect the finale of this matchup to be low-scoring, defensive showcase amongst two AL teams that are and continue to trend upward. With the pitchers coming to the mound, I will have to back the under in this matchup simply judging by their performances at the mound recently.
Betting trends for Detroit Tigers :
- Betting Trends for Detroit Tigers
- The Tigers are 8-3 in last 11 games
- The Tigers are 2-5 in last 7 road games
- The Under is 5-2 in Boyd’s last 7 starts
Betting trends for Boston Red Sox:
- Betting Trends for Boston Red Sox
- The Under is 5-1 in Red Sox last 6 home games
- The Under is 5-2 in Pomaranz’ last 6 starts
- The Over is 9-6 in Red Sox last 15 games