Michael Fulmer (10-3, 2.25 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (64-57) take on Rick Porcello (16-3, 3.30 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (67-53) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a four-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 1-1, and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 19 and can be seen on NESN and FSDT.
Fulmer pitched 9.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out nine in a 7-0 win over the Rangers. J.D. Martinez (.312, 46 Rs, 16 HRs, 45 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run. Porcello went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out four in a 16-2 win over the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. David Ortiz (.312, 57 Rs, 27 HRs, 93 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Detroit and Boston are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.6 runs per game.
Offensively, they average 5.5 runs per game, which the best in the AL. The Red Sox are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 10.0 hits per game. Boston is excellent at making contact with just 7.0 strikeouts per game, ranking third in the AL.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 4-0. The Tigers have a 47-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Porcello takes the mound. Fulmer (RHP) will be on the hill against the Red Sox, who have a 53-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
Detroit has won 55% (31-25) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 57% (32-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Red Sox are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 17-2 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Red Sox are 59-15. The Tigers have a 49-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 657 this season. Detroit ranks 11th with 554 runs.
Ranking 18th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 351 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 404.
The Tigers are 51-33 when they hit at least one home run. The Red Sox perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 55-36 record.