Red Sox Climbing in AL East
With their win on Monday night and a loss by the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox have climbed up to third place in the American East. As they continue their series with the Detroit Tigers, they have the ability to keep climbing.
And with a little bit of help and a sweep of the Tigers, the Red Sox could find themselves in second place before the weekend starts. Every game at this point is a big game for the Red Sox as they are in a four-way fight in the AL East.
Runs an Issue for Tigers
The Detroit Tigers were able to pound out 10 hits on Monday night against the Red Sox, but they could only push two runs across the plate, stranding seven runners on base.
Outside of the three doubles, including two by Javy Baez, there was not much power to be had. It is no wonder why the Tigers struggle to win games. They simply can’t push runs across the plate.
The Tigers’ lineup is simply lacking any type of consistent power. They have players that are capable of hitting home runs, but guys like Miguel Cabrera and Baez just don’t have the same power prowess from earlier in their careers. And the young guys have not stepped up and began producing power as of yet.
To compound the issues, the Tigers continue to run young pitchers out to the mound out of sheer necessity. Due to injuries, some of these young guys are being pushed into MLB service a bit before they are ready.
That will continue Tuesday when they send 24-year-old Beau Brieske to the mound for his 11th start.
Red Sox on Rise
After moving a half-game ahead of the Rays the Red Sox have their sights set on the Blue Jays in second place.
And while they are still a mountain climb away from catching the New York Yankees, they are heading in the right direction. They also currently find themselves in a playoff spot, holding down the last wild card.
The Red Sox took care of business on Monday night just the way they have been doing over their hot streak. With timely hitting and doubles, the Red Sox stayed consistent and scored runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. The pitching and defense were on point once again, making for a low-stress win to kick off the series.
Veteran left-hander Rich Hill will take the mound on Tuesday night against the Tigers. The 42-year-old pitcher is not having his best season, sporting a 2-4 record with a 4.42 ERA.
Perhaps with the way the Red Sox are swinging the bat, he will get some added run support. Also, facing the weak Tigers lineup could prove to be a confidence booster for Hill.
Tigers vs Red Sox Head-to-Head
This will be the second series of the season between the Tigers and Red Sox. Boston took two of three games in Detroit.
Tigers vs Red Sox Game Information
- Game: Tigers (26-41) vs Red Sox (37-31)
- Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Tigers vs Red Sox Live Stream: MLB.TV
Tigers vs Red Sox Betting Lines
B. Brieske -R
|+1½ -120||+170||9½ -105o||3½ -125o
|Boston Red Sox
R. Hill -L
|-1½ Ev||-200||9½ -115u||5½ +105o
Tigers vs Red Sox Prediction
The sportsbooks once again have the Red Sox as the favorite, and rightfully so. They have earned it. The Red Sox odds are at -200 while the underdog Tigers have +170 odds.
The risk of betting on the Tigers in an upset is not a favorable one here, and the MLB lines offer nothing in means of alternative bets through the runline.