Friday, July 24, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander (0-3) vs. Rick Porcello (5-10)
The Detroit Tigers head to Fenway Park on Friday to take on the Boston Red Sox. Justin Verlander is the probable starter for the Tigers and he'll face Rick Porcello of the Red Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +151 and Boston at -161. The over/under was set at 8. The Tigers have a 54-38 over/under record and a 44-50 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Red Sox are 39-56 against the run line and have a 44-47 over/under record. They cover the spread 41% of the time.
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The Tigers show up with a 47-47 record, including 22-21 on the road. Justin Verlander has a 0-3 record on the season, an earned run average of 6.62 and a 1.50 WHIP. In his starts, the Tigers are 0-6 over his 34 innings pitched this season while giving up 39 hits during those innings. The Tigers are also 6-0 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 293 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 4.04. The bullpen has struck out 228 and walked 104 batters this season while opposing teams hit .267 against them. Detroit has a team average of 9.29 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.03 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.40, they are 27th in the league.
Detroit ranks 1st in the league in team batting average at .280 while hitting .270 on the road. The Tigers on-base percentage sits at .337, which puts them at 1st in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .435. With 107 hits, Yoenis Cespedes leads the team while his team ranks 1st in hits per game with 9.74.
Boston is 22-23 at home while holding a 42-53 overall record on the season. Rick Porcello has a record of 5-10 while sporting an earned run average of 5.79 on the year with a 1.41 WHIP. In his starts, the Red Sox are 8-10 and he has allowed 123 hits over 105.2 innings pitched this season. The Red Sox are also 8-9 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 3.6 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 300 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.81. The Red Sox bullpen has struck out 259 batters and walked 100 this season while opposing teams have hit .253 against them. Boston has a team average of 9.24 hits per game and are averaging 7.38 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.50, they are 28th in the league.
They rank 16th in the league in team batting average with a .253 average while hitting .275 at home. The Red Sox on-base percentage sits at .317, which puts them at 13th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .388. With 104 hits, Xander Bogaerts leads the team while his team ranks 11th in hits per game with 8.66.
In terms of team defense, the Tigers have a fielding percentage of .986 with 48 total errors, 927 assists and 2,536 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Red Sox have accumlated 56 errors while having 966 assists and 2,528 put outs leading to a .984 fielding percentage.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 54-38 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 44-50 against the run line so far this season
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 44-47 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 39-56 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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 15 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
Boston Red Sox
07/11/15 P Clay Buchholz Elbow Injury is on the 15 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
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers
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