Saturday, April 8, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Jordan Zimmermann
The Boston Red Sox visit Comerica Park on Saturday, April 8, 2017 to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Eduardo Rodriguez for the Red Sox and Jordan Zimmermann for the Tigers.
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The opening line for this matchup has Boston at +127 and Detroit at -137. The Red Sox have a 0-2-0 over/under record and a 2-0-0 run line mark. The Tigers are 1-1-0 against the run line and have a 2-0-0 over/under record.
Valuable Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 0-2-0 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 2-0-0 against the run line
Important Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 2-0-0 against the over/under
The Detroit Tigers are 1-1-0 against the run line
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
04/07/17 1B Hanley Ramirez Illness is not expected to be in the starting lineup Friday vs. Detroit Tigers
04/07/17 RF Mookie Betts Illness is downgraded to not expected to be in the starting lineup Friday vs. Detroit Tigers
04/07/17 P Robbie Ross Jr. Illness 10-day DL (4/4)
04/06/17 P Matt Barnes Personal out indefinitely
04/06/17 SS Xander Bogaerts Personal expected to miss next 3 games
04/03/17 P Carson Smith Elbow 10-day DL (4/1)
04/03/17 2B Josh Rutledge Hamstring 10-day DL (3/30)
04/03/17 P Roenis Elias Oblique 10-day DL (4/1)
04/01/17 P Drew Pomeranz Forearm 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 P Tyler Thornbur Undisclosed 10-day DL (4/1)
03/30/17 P David Price Elbow 10-day DL (4/1)
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
04/01/17 RF J.D. Martinez Foot 10-day DL (3/30)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 2-0 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez had a 3-7 record with an earned run average of 4.71 and a WHIP of 1.30. He had 100 strikeouts over his 107 innings pitched and he gave up 99 hits last season. He allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 4.43. The bullpen last year had an earned run average of 3.56 and they gave up 411 base hits on the year. Teams hit .231 against the bullpen while being struck out 507 times and walking 193 times last season. As a team, Boston allowed 8.38 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.51 batters per nine innings. They were 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.00. The Red Sox pitchers collectively gave up 1,341 base hits and 640 earned runs. They allowed 176 home runs last season and they allowed 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Boston as a pitching staff walked 490 batters and struck out 1,362. They walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit was 4.00.
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As a team Boston batted .282, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .264 average away from home. The Red Sox held a .461 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .348 which was good for 1st in baseball. They ranked 1st in baseball with 9.86 hits per game. Mookie Betts is coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .318 with an on-base percentage of .363. He had 214 hits last season along with 122 runs scored and 113 runs batted in. He struck out 80 times and walked 49 times. Xander Bogaerts hit .294 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .356. He totaled 192 hits while scoring 115 runs and he drove in 89. He walked 58 times and struck out on 123 occasions. The Red Sox had 1,598 hits, including 343 doubles and 208 home runs. They stole 83 bases and were thrown out stealing 24 times. Boston walked 558 times last season and they struck out 1,160 times as a unit. They left 1,162 men on base and had a team OPS of .810. They scored 5.42 runs per contest and scored a total of 878 runs last year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Detroit has a 1-1 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.87, Jordan Zimmermann had a 9-7 record and a 1.37 WHIP last season. He had 66 strikeouts over the 105.1 innings he pitched during which he gave up 118 hits. He allowed 10.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.42. Last season the bullpen had an earned run average of 4.22 and they gave up 503 base hits on the year. Teams hit .256 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 446 times and walking 181 times last season. As a team, Detroit allowed 8.93 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.76 batters per nine innings. They were 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.24. The Tigers pitchers as a team surrendered 1,417 base knocks and 672 earned runs last season. They gave up 182 home runs last year and they gave up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff walked 462 hitters and struck out 1,232. They gave up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they struck out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.32 while their FIP as a staff was 4.16.
As a team, they batted .267, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .274 average at home. The Tigers held a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331 which was good for 5th in baseball. They ranked 3rd in baseball with 9.17 hits per contest. Ian Kinsler comes into this matchup after batting .288 with an OBP of .348. He had 178 hits last year along with 117 runs scored and 83 RBI. He struck out 115 times and walked on 45 occasions. Miguel Cabrera hit .316 in 2016 and he had an OBP of .393. He collected 188 hits while scoring 92 runs and driving in 108. He earned a walk 75 times and punched out 116 times. The Tigers as a unit had 1,476 base hits, including 252 doubles and 211 homers. They had 58 stolen bases and were thrown out 29 times. Detroit as a team walked 493 times last year and they struck out 1,303 times. They had 1,105 men left on base and had an OPS of .769. They scored 4.66 runs per game and totaled 750 runs last season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Tigers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox +127
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