Wade Miley (8-9, 4.55 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (49-61) are in Detroit to go up against Alfredo Simon (10-6, 4.55 ERA) and the Tigers (53-56) in a game that could be high scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Red Sox won the last game 7-2 and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:08 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and will air on NESN and FSDT.
In his most recent outing, Simon pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out one and walking three in a 9-8 victory over the Orioles. Miguel Cabrera (.350, 43 Rs, 15 HRs, 54 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 2 with one RBI. The Red Sox were unsuccessful to the Rays 4-3 the last time Miley pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking one. Hanley Ramirez (.262, 56 Rs, 19 HRs, 53 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
Detroit is favored by a slight -107 margin in its matchup against Boston. The matchup currently has an eight-run Over/Under (O/U). The Tigers are 31-25 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -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.
On the other side, the Red Sox have a record of 19-26 when they are the underdog and are -1,870 overall with the money line. Boston is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 8.8 hits per contest. 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 (Miley) 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 Simon. They sport a 37-43 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Det, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Detroit is 24-24, while Boston is 25-27.
The Red Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are heading in with an 18-15 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 43-13. The Red Sox have a 39-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th in runs, Boston has earned 459 this season. Detroit ranks fifth with 483 runs.
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.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 40-27, well-matched with the Red Sox who are 36-34 when hitting one or more homers.