Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
|Date & Time||Sunday July 7, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox: -1.5 (-160) / Detroit Tigers: 1.5 (+140)
The Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Sunday.
The Boston Red Sox will look to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the series including a 10-6 win over the Tigers in game two on Saturday. Mookie Betts and Christian Vazquez each had two RBIs with a double with Betts going 3 for 5 with a triple as well. Andrew Benintendi went 4 for 6 with a triple, a double and an RBI while Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Michael Chavis and Eduardo Nunez each added RBIs as well in the victory. Marco Hernandez went 3 for 5 at the dish to cap off Boston’s offense as a team in the winning effort. Rick Porcello got the win to improve to 6-7 after giving up all six runs on nine hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings of work. David Price will start game three and is 6-2 with a 3.33 ERA and 89 strikeouts this season. In his career, Price is 6-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 49 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to salvage a win after dropping game two on Saturday. Jeimer Candelario led the charge, going 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs while Bobby Wilson had two RBIs and Victor Reyes added a triple and an RBI to round out Detroit’s scoring as a team in the loss. Harold Castro and Christin Stewart each had three hits with Castro adding a triple, while Miguel Cabrera had a pair of hits and Nick Castellanos and Gordon Beckham each had a base knock as well in the losing effort. Jordan Zimmermann took yet another loss, falling to 0-6 on the year after allowing seven runs on 13 hits over just 3.1 innings of work. Gregory Soto will start game three and is 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. This will be Soto’s first career start against Boston.
Boston is 15-3 in Price’s last 18 starts against a team with a losing record and 25-9 in their last 34 road games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Detroit is 13-40 in their last 53 games overall and 14-40 in their last 54 home games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Soto threw a scoreless inning of relief against Boston on Friday, and I don’t really expect him to go deep here either, but that doesn’t bring me any closer to taking Detroit and the plus money. Price has dazzled against Detroit in his career, and has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his last nine starts since coming off of the IL. Add in the fact that the Red Sox are simply the better team from top to bottom, and have had the reputation of road warriors lately, I think you have to go Red Sox here and to cut down the heavy juice, I’ll back Boston on the RL.