Daniel Norris (1-1, 3.47 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (64-58) go up against Drew Pomeranz (9-9, 2.99 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (68-53) in the third of a four-game series at Comerica Park. The Red Sox won the last game 10-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 20 and will air on NESN and FSDT.
In his most recent outing, Norris pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two, striking out one and walking four in a 3-1 loss to the Royals. J.D. Martinez (.315, 47 Rs, 17 HRs, 47 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Red Sox were victorious the last time Pomeranz pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.2 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 3-2 victory over the Indians. David Ortiz (.315, 59 Rs, 28 HRs, 95 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Red Sox, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Detroit, a +118 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Boston. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. The Tigers are 32-41 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +1,226. The Tigers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Detroit has only averaged 2.7 runs per game compared to the 4.6 it's averaged on the season.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Red Sox come into this game with a win percentage of .575 when playing as the favorite (50-37) and an overall money line of -251. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the favorite recently. They managed a 7-2 record when playing as the favorite and a SU record of 7-3. The Red Sox are the number one overall scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.5 runs per game so far. Boston is the top hitting team in the AL with an average of 10.0 hits per contest. The Red Sox average just 7.0 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL.
The Tigers are 4-1 against the Red Sox this season. The Tigers will take on a left-hander (Pomeranz) in this game and have a 17-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Red Sox will be the left-hander Norris. They sport a 14-14 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
Detroit has won 54% (31-26) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 58% (33-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Red Sox are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Tigers have a 0-9 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Red Sox are 60-15. The Tigers have a 49-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 667 this season. Detroit ranks 12th with 556 runs.
Ranking 18th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 353 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 406.
The Tigers are 51-34 when they hit at least one home run. The Red Sox perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 56-36 record.