A full weekend of MLB betting action on national television continues on Saturday afternoon, when the Boston Red Sox face off with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
We can already feel the frustration setting in for the Red Sox in 2012. With Andrew Bailey set to miss at least the first half of the season, the closer situation doesn't expect to be all that great with Al Aceves getting the nod. There are other injuries that could get the best of this team as well, and age is clearly starting to catch up to the squad as a whole. Josh Beckett has been up and down over the course of his career with the Sox, and he is going to hope to get off to a good start this year when he takes the mound this weekend. Beckett went 13-7 last year in his 30 starts, and though that wasn't all that great of a record, a 2.89 ERA and 1.03 WHIP showed that he still has his stuff after a bad 6-6 year that was riddled with injuries in 2010. The question about Beckett is with his velocity. He struck out 175 batters last year. That is a nice number, but his K/9 is still way, way down from what we are used to see, which could be the beginning signs of a disappointing campaign.
If the Tigers don't have to play any defense, they have as formidable of a team as you can imagine in a very weak AL Central. The combination of Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in the middle of this lineup, even without Victor Martinez, is awfully impressive. This duo is going to have the potential to put a lot of runs on the board in games all by themselves, and that would make a man like Doug Fister quite happy when he is on the bump as he will be on Saturday. Fister was just 3-12 last year with the Seattle Mariners before getting traded at the deadline, and all of a sudden, he became a man that just couldn't be beaten. He went 8-1 down the stretch in his final 11 appearances of the year, and he parlayed that into a relatively successful postseason as well. Fister has great control, as he has walked just 84 batters in his 448.1 career innings of work. He is now 4-2 with a 2.37 career ERA in this stadium, and that has to be frightening for the rest of the teams that take on the Tigers this year, especially with Fister right there in the rotation next to the great Justin Verlander.
The Final Word: Fister really showed last year that he had the goods to get the job done against the best in the league. We think that the Red Sox are going to be consistently overrated this year, and we still think that the Tigers, in spite of the fact that they are the clear cut favorites in the AL Central, will be a tad underrated.
Boston Red Sox @ Detroit Tigers Pick: Detroit Tigers