Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (67-54) at Detroit Tigers (65-57)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
R Porcello (16-3) (3.30) vs. Michael Fulmer (10-3) (2.25)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -105 / Boston Red Sox -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, NESN
The Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers clash at Comerica Park Friday night.
The Boston Red Sox passed Baltimore for second in the American League East so staying there and chasing down Toronto are the goals. Both goals were put on hold for a day in a 4-3 loss at Detroit on Thursday. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz gave up a run over six frames before Junichi Tazawa allowed three runs in the 8th without recording an out. Boston totaled nine hits and walked four times with Sandy Leon cracking a solo jack as a crucial game went in to the loss column. The Red Sox go with Rick Porcello on the mound for his second match up with the Tigers in 2016. A surging Porcello has recorded quality starts in eight of his last ten starts.
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The Detroit Tigers are probably not going to catch the Indians in the American League Central so the Wild Card is the only option. The Tigers snapped a three game skid Thursday and just as important was staying in contention for the Wild Card. Detroit starter Matt Boyd gave up a run through six innings with Alex Wilson allowing two runs. The Tigers logged ten hits and a pair of bases on balls with four players driving in runs and another four scoring. Rookie Michael Fulmer gets Friday’s start against the Red Sox for the second time this season. Fulmer is a major reason the Tigers are in playoff contention with a 10-3 record and 2.25 ERA.
Boston are 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games and the under is 14-4 in their last 18 road games while going 16-5 in Porcello’s last 21 starts on grass. Detroit are 2-8 in their last 10 overall and are 2-8 in their last 10 games on grass while going are 15-2 in Fulmer’s last 17 starts. The over is 8-1-3 in the last 12 meetings in Detroit. I like the way both hurlers have been throwing but I’ll back the rookie…