The Detroit Tigers (23-27) and Boston Red Sox (26-24) will close out a four-game American League series on Thursday night at Fenway Park in Boston, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET
Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
Detroit has lost seven consecutive games against Boston inside Fenway Park, including a 6-4 setback on Wednesday night. The Tigers have also managed to drop six of their last nine contests overall. “Things aren’t really going our way right now,” commented Tigers starter Drew Smyly. “We’re just getting some tough breaks, losing some tight ballgames.” The club is finishing off a 24-game stretch in which it has played 19 games away from the Motor City. Detroit is 17-18 against right-handed starters and the “under” is 18-16-1 in that situation.
Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (4-3, 5.67 ERA) has led the club to four consecutive wins, picking up a 6-3 road victory over the Minnesota Twins last time out, giving up three runs and six hits over 5.1 frames. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 5.29 ERA in six road outings, serving up seven home runs in 32.1 frames. In four career starts versus the Red Sox, Scherzer is 0-2 with an 11.81 ERA, as opponents are hitting .417 against him.
Boston has managed to win nine of its last 11 home games, outscoring opponents by a sizable 63-32 margin over that span. The Red Sox have also managed to compile a tremendous 22-10 record against the Tigers since the start of the 2008 season, which is the best record in the AL in that situation. Designated hitter David Ortiz continues to pace the offense, going 7 for 12 with five RBI in this series, which should improve due to getting six hits in eight career at-bats against Scherzer. Boston is 6-2 as a home favorite of -125 to -150 this season, with the “over” cashing in all eight contests.
Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.15 ERA) has been solid in leading the team to three straight wins, earning a no decision in a 3-2 home victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last time out, giving up two runs and four hits over seven frames. The right-hander has an even 2-2 record and 3.73 ERA in five home starts, issuing six walks and striking out 24 in 31.1 innings. In seven career starts versus the Tigers, Beckett is 3-3 with a 3.65 ERA, but was handed a 10-0 road defeat in his last effort on April 7.
Bettors will likely back the Red Sox due to their 30-11 record in Beckett’s last 41 starts as a home favorite, while the Tigers are 2-5 in Scherzer’s last seven starts as a road underdog.
Pick: Boston Red Sox -136
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