The Red Sox look to even a 4-game series against the Detroit Tigers in tonight’s matchup. The two teams played a double header on Tuesday that saw the Tigers take both games. Then yesterday evening, the Red Sox offense exploded for 11 runs as they took the third game of the series.
In terms of each team’s overall season performance, the Red Sox come in with a record of 10-15 and the Tigers come in at 12-11. The earliest parts of the Sox season were definitely disappointing, but they have won 4 of their last 6 and things are finally starting to click. As for the Tigers, their pitching (aside from last night) has generally been solid but they’ve been struggling to get the bats going.
Tonight’s game will feature a pitching matchup between two big time righties: Jordan Zimmerman and Rick Porcello. Both veterans to the game, high expectations were set when they started the season but as of right now those expectations have been far from met. Zimmerman comes into the game 0-3 with an ERA of almost 5.00. He has struggled to hit the strike zone over his last few starts and needs to regain his command if he is to win a game. The Sox’ Porcello has been even worse, coming in at 0-3 with an ERA over 8.00. The Tigers drafted him in the first round back in 2007 and he played much of his young career in Detroit, so it will be interesting to see how he fares against his own team.
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Red Sox Starting Lineup
Red Sox Analysis
So, what went wrong at the beginning of the season? Well for starters, the pitching was dreadful. Starters were missing their spots and opponents were taking advantage early. And even when the starters turned in good outings, the normally good relief core always seemed to blow it. And while the hitting wasn’t all that bad, many of last year’s stars, namely Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi, were not producing in any way similar to the way they did in the 2018 season.
Yet despite dropping both games of the double header on Tuesday, Sox manager Alex Cora seems to have found a solution. Through the use of young stars such as Tzu-Wei Lin and Michael Chavis, the team’s offense has dramatically improved. On top of that, the team’s starters are starting to pitch better. Despite the fact that it wasn’t incredible, Chris Sale turned in his best start of the year in one of Tuesdays losses and Eduardo Rodriguez was lights out over 6 innings yesterday, allowing just one run. Rodriguez also gave up only two hits and struck out 7.
On the offensive side, JD Martinez continued to perform going 3 for 5 at the plate and Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Christian Vazquez each turned in 2 RBIs apiece.
Boston looks for back to back strong performances from starting pitching, this time from a guy who just can’t seem to find his spot this year. Hopefully the adrenaline of playing against his old team will allow Porcello to settle in a throw some nasty stuff.
Tigers Starting Lineup
Who else misses the Tigers from earlier this decade? Those were the days in which Verlander, and Max Scherzer ruled the mound and Miguel Cabrera absolutely mashed at the plate. Verlander and Scherzer still rule the mound (both for different teams, however) and well, Miggy will always be Miggy.
While things haven’t been great for Detroit in recent years, maybe this is the year they turn things around. Their pitching has been really solid, but the team as a whole has been lacking offensively. The team can’t really count on their pitching to carry them through the entire season with such sub-par offensive production. They managed to get just two hits off of Eduardo Rodriguez and most of the other ones came too late. Dustin Peterson did manage to knock in 2 RBIs, however. The team’s offense was much better in the first game of the double header on Tuesday. Most notable was Ronny Rodriguez who went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs.
Jordan Zimmerman will take the mound tonight where he will try to end a personal 3-game losing streak. He has been struggling to hit his spots lately and has given up too many walks over his past few games. He looks to turn things around tonight.
Red Sox vs Tigers Betting Odds
The Red Sox really can’t afford to lose another series, so you better bet their going to be giving it their all tonight. They are a team that is generally quite patient at the plate, and with Jordan Zimmerman struggling to hit his spots, it is likely that the Sox offense will give them the edge in this one. Moneyline consensus has the Sox at -188 and the Tigers are +178. The current over/under is set at 9.5.
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