Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
|Date & Time||Saturday July 6, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox / Detroit Tigers -- O/U:
The Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers meet in game two of their three game set from Comerica Park in MLB action on Saturday.
The Boston Red Sox will look to build on their series opening 9-6 win over the Tigers from game one on Friday. Xander Bogaerts led the Red Sox with four RBIs including a three run home run while Rafael Devers added a two run blast. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had an RBI and a double with Betts going 3 for 4 at the dish while JBJ had two hits. Christian Vazquez and Michael Chavis each went 2 for 5 with Vazquez adding a double while J.D. Martinez, Sandy Leon and Eduardo Nunez each had a base hit as well in the win. Eduardo Rodriguez gave up one run on four hits while striking out four over five innings of work to get the win, improving to 9-4 on the year. Rick Porcello will start game two and is 5-7 with a 5.07 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. In his career, Porcello is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 27 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to bounce back after yet another defeat following their series opening loss on Friday. Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks each had two RBIs with Candelario adding a double while Hicks had a home run. Harold Castro added an RBI of his own while Niko Goodrum had a double. Brandon Dixon had a pair of hits while Victor Reyes and Miguel Cabrera each had base hits as well in the losing effort for Detroit. Ryan Carpenter took the loss, falling to 1-5 after giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Jordan Zimmermann will start game two and is 0-5 with a 5.36 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. In his career, Zimmermann is 2-2 with a 5.46 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Boston.
Boston is 23-9 in their last 32 road games and 4-1 in Porcello’s last 5 road starts while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Detroit is 0-7 in Zimmermann’s last 7 starts and 13-38 in their last 51 games overall while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 home games. Boston is 4-0 in Porcello’s last 4 starts against Detroit.
I’d like to give Detroit a chance to maybe steal a game at home given that Porcello has allowed 11 runs in his last 6.1 innings of work. The problem is that Detroit just finds ways to lose games and it’s been no different with Zimmermann on the mound, as the Tigers have lost each of his last seven starts even with Zimmermann allowing just one run in six innings last time out. The difference here for me is that Boston has the more reliable and dependable offense that can put results together, so I’ll side with Boston for a win in game two on Saturday.