Boston Red Sox (69-31) at Detroit Tigers (42-58)
|Date & Time||Sunday July 22, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers +305 / Boston Red Sox -350 --- Over/Under: 8.5
Up at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers will be finishing up their weekend MLB series.
In the Friday opener, the Sox eked out a tight 1-0 win. On Saturday, the Tigers struck back on a 5-0 shutout.
For the Sunday game, the Red Sox will be bringing out the big lefty Chris Sale. In his 129.0 innings and 10-4 record this year, Sale has a 2.23 ERA with 188 Ks and 31 BBs.
Tops in hitting for the Sox this year is JD Martinez, who came into the weekend on 116 hits, 72 runs, 29 homers and 80 RBI. On Saturday, Martinez was out but Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi each put up two hits.
Over on the Tigers’ side, they’re rolling with Blaine Hardy on Sunday. Across 54.1 innings and a 3-2 record this year, Hardy has a 3.31 ERA with 41 Ks and 14 BBs.
Nick Castellanos is the leading hitter for Detroit, as he entered Saturday on 116 hits, 54 runs, 15 homers and 56 RBI. In game two, Castellanos had one hit.
The Red Sox are 4-1 in their last five Sunday games and 37-14 in their last 51 in game three of a series. Boston is also 4-0 in Sale’s last four starts and 6-2 in his last eight Sunday starts.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 7-15 in their last 22 Sunday games and 8-3 in their last 11 home games versus a left-handed starter. The over is 5-2 in the Tigers’ last seven Sunday games and the under is 4-0-1 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter.
Sale caught fire going into the break, putting up seven quality starts in a row and only allowing more than one earned run once in that time (two on June 19 in Minnesota). Hardy has been solid on a smaller sample size this year, but there’s no way he’s going toe-to-toe with Sale here. I’m taking the Sox.