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The Boston Red Sox host the Detroit Tigers Thursday in the final game of a four-game series. The Tigers are 12-10 while the Red Sox are 9-15. Right-hander Jordan Zimmerman (0-3) is getting the start for the Tigers while right-hander Rick Porcello (0-3) gets the ball for Detroit. Game time is 7:10 p.m. ET at Fenway Park in Boston.
Tigers sweep Red Sox
The Tigers swept a day-night double header against the Red Sox on Tuesday. In the first game, the Tigers beat the Sox 7-4, breaking open a 3-3 game in the top of the 8th when Josh Harrison hit a two-run double and Grayson Greiner followed with an RBI single to make it 6-3. Matt Boyd gave up just 3 runs on 3 hits in 7 innings for Detroit. Greiner had 2 hits including a home run and 2 RBIs, while Ronny Rodriguez had 3 hits including a homer and 2 RBIs. Harrison also had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. The Tigers won the second game 4-2. Brandon Dixon did most of the damage with 3 hits and 3 RBIs. all of which came on a base clearing double in the 4th inning. “He’s swinging really good,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “That’s good. We need guys to pick each other up. We didn’t have a ton of hits, but his came at big times.” Spencer Turnbull got the win, pitching 5 innings of 3 hit, 0 run ball.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 24, 2019
The Tigers average 3.05 runs per game, which is 28th in the MLB. They hit just .218 as a team, which is 26th in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .346, which is 27th. The Tigers have a team ERA of 3.25, which is 5th in the MLB. They have a team WHIP of 1.15, which is 5th in the league. Niko Goodrum leads the Tigers with an average of .279 with 2 HR and 8 RBIs. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .267 while Nick Castellanos is hitting .261. Christin Stewart leads the team with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs.
Jordan Zimmerman gets the start for the Tigers. The right-hander is 0-3 on the year with an ERA of 4.94.
Red Sox take 2 steps back
The Boston Red Sox followed up a weekend sweep of Tampa Bay with losing a double header to the Tigers to fall to 9-15. The lost the opener 7-4. Chris Sale got the start and pitched well for Boston, but got a no-decision. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings with 10 strikeouts. Xander Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs. In the nightcap, the Sox fell 4-2. Hector Velazquez (0-2) gave up 3 runs on 3 hits in 3.1 innings to take the loss. Michael Chavis went 2 for 4 with a home run and an RBI, while Andrew Benintendi went 3 for 4. Xander Bogaerts had a hit and an RBI.
Boston averages 4.23 runs per game, which is 21st in the league. They are batting .232 as a team, 21st in the MLB. They have a slugging percentage of .385, which is 23rd overall. JD Martinez leads the Sox with an average of .350 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs. Andrew Benintendi is hitting .282 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs, while Xander Bogaerts is batting ,276 with 4 HRs and 12 RBIs. Moreland is batting .258 with 7 HR and 14 RBIs.
Rick Porcello takes the hill for Boston Thursday. Porcello, a right-hander, is 0-3 with an 8.48 ERA.
- Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Red Sox are 6-2 in their last 8 Thursday games.
- Red Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Red Sox are 51-24 in their last 75 home games.
- Red Sox are 4-1 in Porcello’s last 5 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Red Sox are 5-2 in Porcello’s last 7 home starts.
- Red Sox are 5-2 in Porcello’s last 7 starts with 4 days of rest.
- Tigers are 7-21 in their last 28 during game 4 of a series.
- Tigers are 1-5 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Tigers are 6-13 in Zimmermann’s last 19 starts.
- Tigers are 5-13 in Zimmermann’s last 18 starts with 5 days of rest.
- Tigers are 1-4 in Zimmermann’s last 5 starts on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Red Sox in this one. The Red Sox have good pitchers who are not pitching well. Porcello is one of them. He is winless on the year and has been downright awful, but we all know what the former Cy Young winner can do, it’s just a matter of when. I look for Porcello to break out and return to form against his former team.
Prediction: Boston -185
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over here. After two lackluster games on Tuesday, look for the Red Sox offense to break out of its slump. Consider the numbers. The over is 3-0-1 in Zimmermanns last 4 road starts vs. a team with a losing record and 5-1 in his last 6 starts on grass. Also, the over is 4-0 in Porcellos last 4 starts overall and 14-3 in Porcellos last 17 starts vs. American League Central.