Sunday Night Baseball Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox

The Detroit Tigers (26-12) and Boston Red Sox (20-22) will close out an American League series Sunday night at Fenway Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET on ESPN

Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox 

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz enters with a nine-game hitting streak
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz enters with a nine-game hitting streak

Detroit has won five games in a row, including a 6-1 victory over Boston as +126 road underdogs Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total in four of those affairs.  Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 contests, while first baseman Miguel Cabrera is batting .400 with 12 RBIs over the course of an eight-game hitting streak.  Detroit is 2-1 as road underdogs of +100 to +125, with the UNDER going 2-1 in that situation.

Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (0-2, 3.13 ERA) will make his first trip to the mound since April 26, while he hasn’t allowed a home run in 23 combined frames this season.  The right-hander has yet to earn a decision in two road efforts, with opposing hitters batting .222 against him (.164 at home).  Sanchez allowed seven runs and eight hits in 4.1 innings of work in his only regular season appearance against the Red Sox in his career.

Boston has scored just four runs in dropping its last three affairs, with each of those going UNDER the betting total.  Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is hitting .475 with eight RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak, while he’s put together a .368 average over his last 28 meetings in this series.  The franchise is 3-7 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 this season, with the OVER going 6-4 in that situation.

Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (1-1, 3.94 ERA) has watched the club alternated wins and losses over his last four trips to the mound, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 8-6 setback on the road to the Minnesota Twins last time out.  The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.82 ERA in five home outings—serving up five home runs in 30.2 combined frames.  In 12 lifetime starts versus the Tigers, Peavy has compiled a 4-5 record and 4.83 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 8-1 record on the road with a total of 8 to 8.5.

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