Justin Verlander (1-4, 5.05 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (53-56) go up against Henry Owens (0-1, 5.40 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (49-61) in the last of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 7-6 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 9 and will air on NESN and FSDT.
In his most recent outing, Verlander pitched 7.0 innings, allowing five runs and striking out five in a 5-1 loss to the Royals. Miguel Cabrera (.350, 43 Rs, 15 HRs, 54 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 2 with one RBI. The Red Sox were also unsuccessful the last time Owens pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 13-3 loss to the Yankees. Hanley Ramirez (.262, 56 Rs, 19 HRs, 53 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
Detroit, a -118 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Boston. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Tigers have a 31-25 record and overall money line at -473. The Tigers have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.4 runs per game. The Tigers lead the AL in hits with 9.6 per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Red Sox come into this game with a win percentage of .422 when playing as the underdog (19-26) and an overall money line of -1,870. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Red Sox, who average 8.8 hits per game. The Red Sox average 3.0 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL when they travel.
The Red Sox are 3-1 against the Tigers this season. The Tigers will take on a left-hander (Owens) in this game and have a 14-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Red Sox will be the right-hander Verlander. They sport a 37-43 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Det, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Red Sox lost by a margin of one run. The Tigers are 18-16 in one-run games. The Red Sox have a 15-14 record in close games.
Boston has won 48% (25-27) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 50% (24-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Red Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have an 8-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 43-13. The Red Sox have a 39-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th, Boston sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 459 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 483.
Detroit and Boston both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Detroit sits at 15th with 305 this season and Boston ranks 11th with 324.
The Tigers are 40-27 when they hit at least one home run. The Red Sox perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 36-34 record.