The Detroit Tigers (54-49) and Boston Red Sox (52-51) will continue a three-game American League series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET
Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
Detroit suffered a 7-3 loss in the series opener to Boston on Monday night, but the club remains just 1.5 games back of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central divisional race. The Tigers were unable to get the big hit, with outfielder Delmon Young moving to 0-for-8 on the year with the bases loaded. Detroit is 5-10 as a road favorite of -125 to -150 this season, with the “under” going 9-6 in those contests.
Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (11-6, 2.60 ERA) had his three-game win streak snapped in his last effort, suffering a 5-3 road loss to the Cleveland Indians, allowing five runs and nine hits over seven frames. The right-hander is 6-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 12 road outings, surrendering 10 home runs in 86 combined innings. In nine career starts versus the Red Sox, Verlander has compiled a 3-3 record and 3.22 ERA, including a 2-2 mark and 3.80 ERA in six outings at Fenway Park.
Boston has been written off by everybody for most of the 2012 campaign, but the club is still just 8.5 games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East standings. “You’ve got to hit and pitch well to win games,” commented Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz. The Red Sox are currently riding their longest win streak since June 16-21, winning their last three games, including a 7-3 victory on Monday night. Boston is 3-7 as a home underdog of +100 to +125 the last two-plus seasons.
Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.57 ERA) has suffered back-to-back defeats, allowing nine runs (eight earned) and 16 hits over 13 frames in that span against the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers. The right-hander is 2-5 with a 4.55 ERA in nine home outings, surrendering three home runs in 57.1 frames. In eight career starts versus the Tigers, Beckett has tallied a 3-4 record and 3.86 ERA, but is 0-2 with a 8.49 ERA in the series in two outings this year.
Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 20-7 mark in Verlander’s last 27 starts as a road favorite, while the Red Sox are 1-7 in Beckett’s last eight efforts.
Pick: Detroit Tigers -125
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