Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (68-53) at Detroit Tigers (64-58)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5) (5.11) vs. J Verlander (12-7) (3.44)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -137 / Boston Red Sox +127 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox look to earn another pivotal victory as they continue their road set with the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
The Red Sox earned a big time victory in their hunt for a playoff spot yesterday as they took down the Tigers who are in a chase with them for a wild card spot but it also kept them afloat in the race for the AL East title as they kept pace with the Jays who defeated Cleveland. Boston will face a big challenge here though as they take on Justin Verlander who is having a rejuvenated year on the hill and he will be out for his 13th victory here as he goes up against Eduardo Rodriguez. The Red Sox are now just a half game back of the Jays for the division lead and have overtaken the Orioles for second place and are starting to look like a playoff contender as they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and their pitching is starting to keep up with their lethal lineup and if they can piece it all together they could be a very dangerous team.
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The Tigers are falling in a hurry on the other side of the coin and have gone from potentially winning the division to falling seven games back of the Indians and things aren’t getting any easier in this set with Boston. The Tigers are 3.5 games back of the second wild card spot in the American League heading into this game and need to get back on track if they want any shot at winning the World Series, and while they do have some very nice pieces they haven’t been able to stay consistent this season and are pretty sloppy at the plate some nights. They do get Verlander here though who will match up with a struggling Rodriguez who does have some nice stuff but hasn’t had it on display yet in his limited starts and against a former Cy Young winner it could be the perfect platform to step up.
The Red Sox are 7-1 in their last eight overall, 3-7 in Rodriguez’ last 10 starts, and 4-1 in their last five road games while the Tigers are 1-5 in their last six home games, 1-4 in their last five overall, and 19-7 in Verlander’s last 26 starts. Boston is playing very well right now and while the Tigers have the edge on the mound I don’t see it being enough as the Sox could very well hold the AL East by the end of the day.