Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers face off on Tuesday in Detroit for game three of their ALCS with the series knotted at a game each. The Tigers are -140 favorites over the Red Sox with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Boston Red Sox appeared to be headed to game three down two games to zero and but some late inning heroics and they got the come from behind win with the series knotted up at a game each. David Ortiz hit a game tying grand slam home run, Dustin Pedroia had two hits, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had the game winning RBI as the Red Sox scored six runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz didn’t have his best stuff allowing eight hits and five runs while striking out six over 5.2 innings to not factor in the decision and Koji Uehara got the win. For Tuesday’s game the Red Sox start John lackey who is 11-13 with a 3.61 ERA for the seson and 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA in his last three starts.
The Detroit Tigers had victory snatched out form under them on Sunday and they will need to rebound in a hurry as it is now the equivalent of a five game series. On Tuesday Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avilla each hit home runs and Victor Martinez had two hits as the Tigers scored five runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Max Scherzer was on his game allowing one run on two hits while striking out 13 over 7.0 innings but Joaquin Benoit blew the save and Rick Porcello took the loss. For Tuesday’s game the Tigers start Justin Verlander who is 14-12 with a 3.24 ERA for the season and 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his last three starts.
Detroit is 6-1 in their last seven ALCS home games, 2-5 in their last seven games as a favorite, and 1-24 in Verlander’s last 85 home starts. Boston is 26-12 in their last 38 games, 1-4 in their last five playoff road games, and 1-5 in Lackey’s last six road starts. Boston is 1-5 in their last six games in Detroit.
Both of these pitchers can toss a gem but both have been hit over the course of the year and I expect to see some hitting here with it being a day game so my pick is the over.