Sunday, August 9, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Henry Owens (0-1) vs. Justin Verlander (1-4)
The Detroit Tigers welcome the Boston Red Sox to Comerica Park on Sunday. Henry Owens is the probable starter for the Red Sox and he'll face Justin Verlander of the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Boston at +123 and Detroit at -133. The over/under was set at 9. The Red Sox have a 53-52 over/under record and a 47-63 run line mark, meaning they cover 43% of the time. The Tigers are 52-57 against the run line and have a 59-45 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
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The Red Sox head into this matchup with a 49-61 record, including 22-33 on the road. Starting pitcher Henry Owens holds a 0-1 record with an earned run average of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.20. The Red Sox are 0-1 over his 5 innings pitched and he's also given up 5 hits over that time period. The Red Sox are also 1-0 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 3 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 4.01 and they've given up 356 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 309 and walked 122 batters this season while opposing teams hit .257 against them. Boston has a team average of 9.33 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.54 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.52, they are 27th in the league.
As a team, Boston is batting .256, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .233 average away from home. Ranked at 11th in the league in on-base percentage, the Red Sox sit at .319 and they hold a .392 team slugging percentage. With 126 hits, Xander Bogaerts leads the team while his team ranks 9th in hits per game with 8.82.
With a 27-29 home record, Detroit will hope to improve on their 53-56 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.05, Justin Verlander will come into this game holding a 1-4 record and a 1.26 WHIP. The Tigers have a record of 1-8 over the 57 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 60 hits. The Tigers are also 6-3 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 3.1 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 4.24 and they have given up 342 hits on the season. The Tigers bullpen has struck out 265 batters and walked 123 this season while opposing teams have hit .270 against them. Detroit has a team average of 9.38 hits per game and are averaging 6.98 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.46, they are 26th in the league.
As a team, they are batting .275, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .285 average at home. Ranked at 2nd in the league in on-base percentage, the Tigers sit at .331 and they hold a .431 team slugging percentage. With 129 hits, Ian Kinsler leads the team while his team ranks 1st in hits per game with 9.56.
The Red Sox have committed 64 errors and have combined for 1,105 assists and 2,931 put outs leading to a .984 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Tigers have accumlated 53 errors while having 1071 assists and 2,939 put outs leading to a .987 fielding percentage.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 53-52 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 47-63 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 59-45 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 52-57 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
08/08/15 3B Pablo Sandoval Thumb doubtful Saturday vs. Detroit Tigers
08/02/15 P Rick Porcello Tricep Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/30)
07/29/15 CF Mookie Betts Concussion 7-day DL (7/28)
07/25/15 2B Dustin Pedroia Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/23)
07/11/15 P Clay Buchholz Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (7/11)
05/29/15 P Brandon Workman Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/3)
05/28/15 P Anthony Varvaro Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/29)
05/13/15 P Justin Masterson Arm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/13)
04/04/15 C Christian Vazquez Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/30), out for season
08/05/15 P Alfredo Simon Groin expected to start Saturday vs Boston Red Sox
07/04/15 1B Miguel Cabrera Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/3)
05/24/15 P Kyle Lobstein Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/23)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Tigers
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