Boston Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, 8/5/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-141) Detroit (+110)
Tarik Skubal and the Detroit Tigers (52-57, 3rd in AL Central) host the Boston Red Sox (63-45, 2nd in AL East) at Comerica Park on Thursday. The Tigers open this game at +110 while the Red Sox are priced at -141. The O/U opens at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Martin Perez and Tarik Skubal.
The Red Sox have tallied 226 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 136 balls out of the park. Boston is slugging .437 and have been called out on strikes 940 times, while drawing a walk on 312 occasions. As a team, the Boston Red Sox are putting up 4.9 runs per game, which is 6th in MLB. They have amassed 499 runs batted in and 934 base knocks on the year, while their average at the plate is at .256. They have earned 532 runs and have an on-base percentage of .320.
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The Red Sox have compiled a team ERA of 4.20 on the year (14th in MLB), and their staff has rung up 1,002 hitters. They have walked 364 opposing players and their FIP is 3.93 as a unit so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.75 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.38. Red Sox pitchers have surrendered 114 home runs and also 486 runs in total (16th in MLB).
The Red Sox have dispatched 356 relief pitchers to the mound so far this season. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 163 runners so far this year with 30.7% of them ended up crossing the plate. They have 34 saves on the campaign and have blown 15 of 49 chances to save the game. The Red Sox relief pitchers have earned a save rate of 69.4% and has come into the game in 118 save situations. The bullpen have accumulated 65 holds on the year (5th in MLB). Red Sox pitchers have stepped onto the hill with opponents on base 105 times and also have had 118 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Red Sox have transformed 65.9% of balls hit into play into outs out of 8,526 innings, which has them ranked 30th in MLB. The Boston Red Sox are sitting with 2,842 putouts thus far, in addition to 978 assists and 71 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .982 which has them sitting 27th in baseball, and have a total of 761 double plays.
Perez has taken the ball for 1,087 frames and has racked up 726 punch outs thus far in his career. His earned run average is 4.69 (567 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.478. He has given up 1,209 hits (10.0 hits per nine innings) and has had 398 free passes. Perez (63-68 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 4.53 and he has faced 4,749 hitters in the major leagues.
The Tigers have a team slugging % of .400 and they have an average of 4.41 runs per game (16th in MLB). They have put up 145 two-baggers, while walking 349 times as well as notching 481 runs. Detroit has tallied 124 home runs this year and 465 RBIs. They have been rung up on 1,031 instances (2nd in baseball) and have 864 base knocks. The Detroit Tigers have recorded a team OBP of .311 in addition to a batting average of .242 over the course of the season.
The Detroit pitching staff have surrendered 529 runs for the year while having an ERA of 4.55 (478 earned runs conceded). They have conceded 140 homers and they concede 5.04 runs per 9 innings (22nd in the league). The Tigers have a team WHIP of 1.352 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.67 as a team so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.27 (857 strikeouts against 378 free passes). They rank 25th in baseball as a staff in total hits allowed with 900.
With 98 save situations, the Tigers have 55 holds and also 14 blown saves. Detroit has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 39 save chances and they have earned 25 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 102 times in high leverage situations and also on 105 occasions with runners on base. Detroit relievers hold an inherited score rate of 36.6% out of their 164 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 10th in the league with a save percentage of 64.1%, and they have dispatched 381 relievers to the mound over the course of the season.
The Detroit Tigers have turned 91 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .984 (13th in the majors). The Tigers have racked up 974 assists, 60 errors and have a tally of 2,835 putouts for the season. In their 8,505 innings played, the Tigers have a defensive efficiency of 70.0% (12th in baseball).
Thus far in his career, Skubal has allowed 128 hits while accumulating 154 K's in 137 innings. Skubal (7-14 career win-loss record) has earned a 4.78 ERA while giving up 8.4 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed 73 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.296 and a FIP of 5.4. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.08 and he has faced 587 batters in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston (-141)
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