The Detroit Tigers (54-40) and Boston Red Sox (53-51) will close out a three-game American League series on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET on ESPN
Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
Detroit had its sixth-inning rally washed away by Mother Nature on Tuesday night, suffering a 4-1 loss to Boston in a rain-shortened contest. “Certainly, to call the game at this point was the right call,” commented Tigers manager Jim Leyland after the team lost for the fifth time in six games. It’s important to note that the club won 13 of 15 before this road trip, which has seen the clubhouse suffer losses in six of eight contests. Detroit is 5-8 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the “under” going 9-3 in that situation.
Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello (7-6, 4.56 ERA) has led the club to wins in five of his last six starts, but suffered an 8-3 setback on the road to the Toronto Blue Jays in his last effort. The right-hander is 4-3 with a 4.42 ERA in nine road outings, surrendering just three home runs in 53 combined frames. In three career starts versus the Red Sox, Porcello has compiled an 0-2 record and 10.80 ERA.
Boston caught a major break due to the weather and now sit 7.5 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East standings. “We have a talented group and we all believe in ourselves and each other,” commented Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross. The Red Sox have now won 30 of the last 38 meetings in this series at this ballpark, including nine of the last 10. Offensively, the team will still be without the services of designated hitter David Ortiz, who is still working his way back from a strained right Achilles. Boston is 21-21 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the “over” going 27-13 in that role.
Red Sox starting pitcher Aaron Cook (2-4, 4.50 ERA) has suffered back-to-back losses to the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) and 11 hits over 10.1 combined frames. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA in four home outings, issuing just two walks and collecting just a single strike out in 21 innings. Cook has lost his only career start versus the Tigers, giving up four runs and eight hits over six frames.
Sports bettors will likely back the Red Sox due to their 18-6 mark versus AL Central opponents, while the Tigers are 0-5 on the road against right-handed starters.