Game two of this American League series sees the Red Sox (61-55, 34-27 home) and Tigers (52-64, 26-31 away) facing off at Fenway Park. The starting pitcher for the Red Sox will be Brayan Bello, while the Tigers are turning to Matt Manning. Find out who I like to win in this Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers showdown.
DETROIT TIGERS VS BOSTON RED SOX BETTING PICK
The Pick: Detroit Tigers +161
This game will be played at Fenway Park at 4:10 ET on Saturday, August 12th.
WHY BET THE DETROIT TIGERS:
- In their last five games, the Tigers have a record of 3-2.
- Coming into the game, the Red Sox have gone just 4-6 in their last ten home games.
- Brayan Bello has struggled of late, coming in with an ERA of 6.34 over his last four starts.
DETROIT TIGERS TRYING TO CLOSE GAP IN AL CENTRAL
116 games into the season, the Tigers have a record of 52-64, putting them 3rd in the AL Central. This mark includes an overall series 16-19-4. At home, they are 26-33 compared to 26-31 on the road.
Matt Manning has had a mixed start to the 2023 season, with a record of 3-4 in his 10 outings. His ERA is 5.06, and he has given up a home run in each of his last three appearances. Manning’s WHIP stands at 1.18, with an OBP allowed of .298, while his strikeout to walk ratio is 39/14.
Matt Manning endured a difficult start against the Rays, surrendering eight runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Tigers ultimately fell 10-6, with Manning taking the loss.
With a season-long average of 3.9 runs per game, the Tigers are the 28th ranked scoring offense this season. As a team, they are batting .234, with an OBP of .299. In Detroit’s last ten games, they are 12th in home runs, having gone deep 10 times in that span.
Kerry Carpenter has been the Tigers’ most prolific hitter over their last five games, batting .430 and leading the team in hits. For the 2023 season, Carpenter is hitting .278 and has 39 RBIs.
WILL THE BOSTON RED SOX TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Entering game 117 of their season, the Red Sox are 10 games out in the AL East and are in 4th place. So far, their overall series record stands at 20-15-3. Boston’s road winning percent is currently 49.1% (27-28) compared to 55.7% at home (34-27).
Brayan Bello has been impressive in 19 appearances this season, boasting a .418 slugging percentage allowed and a 1.23 WHIP. His overall record is 8-6 with an ERA of 3.64, and he has tallied 91 strikeouts, averaging 7.54 K’s per nine innings. On the road, he is 4-2 with an ERA of 4.91; at home, his record is 4-4 and his ERA stands at 3.80.
Brayan Bello delivered a quality start in his most recent outing, surrendering one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. Despite not receiving the decision, the team was able to secure a 6-2 win over Kansas City.
So far this season, the Red Sox’s has gone deep 129 times, placing them 17th in the league. Over Boston’s previous five games, they are 17th in runs scored, with their season average of 4.9 runs per game putting them 10th in the league. The Red Sox’s overall team batting average stands at .262 along with an OBP of .328.
Rafael Devers is the Red Sox’s home-run leader in 2023, having blasted 26 long balls and driving in 79 runs. His slugging percentage for the season stands at an impressive .511.