Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Thursday April 25, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox -185 / Detroit Tigers +175 O/U: 7.5
The Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox will be finishing up their MLB series on Thursday.
The Tigers won the first two games of this set 7-4 and 4-2 in a doubleheader Tuesday. In the Wednesday game, Boston got some revenge by blowing the game open in the eighth (seven runs) on the way to a big 11-1 win.
For Thursday’s matchup, the Tigers will be going with Jordan Zimmermann in the start. Over his 27.1 innings and 0-3 mark this year, Zimmermann has a 4.94 ERA with 19 Ks and eight walks.
The Tigers managed three runs in the ninth inning on Wednesday, but the scoring was largely cosmetic. No Detroit player had more than one hit on the night; Jeimer Candelario logged two runs with a hit and Dustin Peterson provided a pinch-hit double with two RBI.
Over on the Sox’ side, they’re sending out Rick Porcello in the start Thursday. Over 17.0 innings thus far, Porcello is 0-3 with an 8.47 ERA, 15 strikeouts and 13 walks.
To the Boston offense’s credit, they scored all those runs Wednesday without the benefit of a home run. JD Martinez led the Sox with three hits, one RBI Nd a run.
The Tigers are 6-2 in their last eight Thursday games and 7-21 in their last 28 in game four of a series. Detroit is 4-1 in Zimmermann’s last five Thursday starts and 6-13 in his last 19 starts.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 12-4 in their last 16 in game four of a series and 6-2 in the last eight Thursday games. Boston is 1-4 in Porcello’s last five starts and 5-2 in his last seven home starts.
Zimmermann’s first two starts went quite well, with just one earned on seven hits in 13.2 innings. As for his last three starts however, Zimmermann has struggled with 14 earned in 15.2 innings and an 0-3 record.
Porcello really needs a turnaround as well; the good news is that he’s been better over his last two outings, with five earned in 9.2 innings. I have to think Porcello will get a really good shot at a win here, if he can step up and take it. I’m going Sox.