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Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox
Where and when: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, Tuesday, 7:10 pm EST
The Detroit Tigers will travel to Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, for game two of a four-game set versus the Boston Red Sox beginning on Tuesday night at 7:10 pm EST.
The Tigers were finally able to get on the winning track versus the Chicago White Sox in their last series in taking the deciding game three by a 4-3 score thanks to the bullpen being able to scorch a late run by the White Sox after the visitors scored three runs in the 8th. On the other hand, Daniel Norris did not allow a run for the Tigers after pitching five innings as he also recorded six strikeouts as well.
The win was only their third in the last ten outings for a struggling Tigers squad. And after dropping three of five games during a five-game homestand, they now return to the road where they have also dropped five of nine, overall. In all, the Tigers’ struggling offense has plated three runs or less in six of their last ten games.
The Boston Red Sox have certainly struggled out of the gate during their 2019 campaign; However, were able to pick up a much-needed sweep over the Tampa Bay Rays on the road in their most recent series. However, due to a few of their big bats being on the injured list including Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt, along with Eduardo Nunez, their 21st ranked offense has averaged just over four runs per game this season.
Their defense, however, has really struggled in allowing opponents just under six runs per game while also recording 18 errors in 2019, good for 29th in the league. Furthermore, the once-feared pitching staff has an ERA of 5.62 with David Price (1-1) leading with a 3.57 ERA.
Nonetheless, the Red Sox recovered from a three-game series loss to the lowly Baltimore Orioles followed by a sweep by the Yankees in which to pick up the sweep versus the Rays to end a five-game road trip. They have won three of their last five games at Fenway entering this contest.
No pitcher determined for Red Sox for game two
While no pitcher has been determined for the Red Sox for game two, as stated, they have not performed well as a unit thus far in the year, to say the least. Price, at this point, continues to be the most relied upon pitcher within their injury-riddled rotation with Nathan Eovaldi along with Brian Johnson out with elbow injuries. Hector Velasquez (0-1), Chris Sale (0-4), along with Rick Porcello (0-3) have been so horrible on the year that they have each graced the hill for a total of well under 22 innings.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 22, 2019
It is plain to see that the Red Sox need someone to step up both on offense along with defense in order to string together some wins moving forward. Or, as some may imply, Boston can simply use the help of a free agent in which to spark their rotation. Dallas Keuchel happens to be a free agent and has been injected into the conversation recently. However, it remains to be seen if the struggling Red Sox will actually pull the trigger.
Turnbull seeks first win of the season
Spencer Turnbull (0-2) has not had any problems striking out opposing batters on the year with 24 K’s. However, with an OBP of 3.11 along with a total of seven walked batters in four outings this year, Turnbull has also had his fair share of issues with control. The pitcher continues to possess a decent 3.43 ERA on the season, however, control along with lack of run support has resulted in the pitcher going 0-2-2 for the year while the team going 1-3 during his starts.
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— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 22, 2019
He pitched his second quality start in three outings versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 17th while allowing just two hits along with five strikeouts in a heart-breaking, 3-2 loss, to where he received the no-decision. This will be the young, right-hander’s first start versus the Boston Red Sox, as he continues to look for his first win as a starter in the league, as he went 0-2 last year.
- BOS is 38-15 in their last 53 Tue. games.
- BOS is 40-17 in their last 57 home games.
- DET is 2-6 in their last 8 overall.
- DET is 2-6 in their last 8 games on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Again, Boston has been terrible on the hill lately in allowing too many scoring opportunities for opponents. However, with the way in which the Tigers are struggling at this point in the year, look for the Red Sox to put in just enough of an effort in which to pick up a victory in the end. One can certainly expect the home team to extend their play after a potentially momentum-building series win over the White Sox.
Prediction: Pick: Boston Red Sox
Full-Game Total Pick
With the way in which the Red Sox have struggled at the plate combined with Detroit’s ability to limit scoring opportunities for opponents throughout the year, look for the under to be the strong play in this matchup. Of course, the Tigers have been dismal on offense as well, thus leading me to back the under in a game that will be a defensive-minded matchup from start to finish.
Prediction: Pick: Under