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Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Game 2 - 4/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
Date & Time Tuesday April 23, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts
The Line
Boston Red Sox -166 / Detroit Tigers +156 O/U: 9.5
TV Channel
NES+, FSDT
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The Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox will meet up on the MLB diamond Tuesday evening to continue their series.

The Monday opener of this set was rescheduled due to rain and will be made up as the first part of this doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.

For Tuesday’s game two, the Tigers will be sending out Spencer Turnbull for the start. Over his 21.0 innings and 0-2 mark this year, Turnbull has a 3.43 ERA with 24 Ks and seven walks.

Leading the way for the Tigers heading into this set is Miguel Cabrera, with 20 hits, six runs, three doubles and six RBI. Nick Castellanos is second on the Tigers with 18 hits, 10 runs and four RBI.

Over on the Red Sox’ side, they’ll be sending out Hector Velazquez in the start Tuesday night. Across his 12.2 innings and 0-1 record this season, Velazquez has a 2.84 ERA with 10 Ks and four walks.

Boston’s top hitter so far has been JD Martinez with 28 hits, 12 runs, four homers and 11 RBI. Xander Bogaerts has also started off well for the Sox with 21 hits, 12 runs, two homers and 10 RBI.

The Tigers are 24-49 in the last 73 in game two of a series and 10-25 in their last 35 Tuesday games. Detroit is 1-4 in Turnbull’s last five starts and they’re 17-40 in their last 57 road games.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 38-15 in their last 53 Tuesday games and the over is 3-1-1 in the last five in game two of a series. Boston is also 40-17 in their last 57 home games and 1-4 in their last five on grass.

Turnbull does have the two losses so far this season, but to his credit he wasn’t downright awful in either—both featured three earned runs; one went four innings and one went five. Aside from those games, Turnbull’s other two starts look really good. In that pair, he has just two earned on eight hits over 12.0 total innings but both were no-decisions.

Turnbull is really going to need some help from the offense here if he’s going to attempt to get his first win, and considering the team has given him zero runs in three of his last five starts, it’s a tall order. As such, I’m going Red Sox here.

Pick:
Boston Red Sox -166

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