Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox Matchup

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The Detroit Tigers will be taking the field against the Boston Red Sox in a Thursday showdown. The game gets underway 7:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Detroit will showcase this AL matchup.

Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox Odds

Detroit (receiving +175) is the underdog against Boston (-185) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 9.5 runs (-115 for the over and -105 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds coming in at Tigers +1.5 runs (-125) and Red Sox -1.5 runs (+105).

The Red Sox are 10-15 straight up (SU) and 6-18 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 15.9 units for moneyline bettors and 14.0 units ATS. The Tigers are 12-11 SU and have gone 13-9 ATS. In total, the club has accumulated 6.0 units for moneyline gamblers in this young season and 1.6 units ATS.

Red Sox games have an over/under record of 13-10-1 so far in 2019. Detroit has been a decent under bet with a total record of 8-14.

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is the probable starter for the visiting Tigers. Zimmermann is 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA and 19 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Red Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Red Sox are putting the ball in the right hand of Rick Porcello (0-3, 8.47 ERA), who’s got 15 punchouts and 13 walks this season as well as a 2.41 WHIP. Porcello did not record a start against the Tigers in 2018.

Boston’s pitching staff has given up 5.8 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The club’s starting pitching staff has a 5.98 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.99 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 10.7 K/9.

The Boston offense is putting up 4.4 runs per contest, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .251/.378/.383 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Red Sox batters have been led by outfielder J.D. Martinez and shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Martinez is hitting .344/.430/.538 with four home runs, 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored, while Bogaerts has produced a line of .284/.373/.489 with four homers, 14 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Detroit’s pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.29 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 8.46 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.07, along with a K-per-9 of 8.84.

The Tigers offense has slashed .228/.305/.362 on its way to 3.3 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Miguel Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos have led Detroit’s offense. Cabrera is slashing .279/.364/.326 with 24 hits, seven RBIs and seven runs scored, while Castellanos is hitting .247/.311/.370 with 20 hits, five RBIs and 11 runs scored.

The Tigers have gained 5.2 units and are 12-8 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in six of those games, compared to 14 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Red Sox have lost 9.3 units and are 5-11 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in eight of those games, compared to seven that went under the total.

Tigers at Red Sox Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in three of Detroit’s last seven games.
  • The Tigers have an OPS of .666 this season and an OPS of .670 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Red Sox’ OPS sits at .706 overall and .697 versus righties.
  • Boston has recorded 18.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.2 over its last five.
  • The Tigers have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.