MLB Pick: Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox Preview 5/19/11
Teams with identical records and somewhat identical seasons duke it out at historic Fenway Park on Thursday night for the final MLB betting affair of this two game set, as the Detroit Tigers (22-20, +$7) and the Boston Red Sox (22-20, -$744) meet up.
The Tigers feel like they’re charging right now, as they are trying to run down the Cleveland Indians for the top spot in the AL Central. Their seven game winning streak came to a close in these last two losses to the Toronto Blue Jays and these Red Sox. The team hasn’t batted above .240 in a game in four straight though, and as a result, the offense has only scored a total of eight runs in those MLB wagering wars. Mr. No Hitter, Justin Verlander is on the bump on Thursday night, and every single time that he is on the hill, you know that the potential is there for some magic. Verlander is only 4-3 on the season, but he has Cy Young credentials otherwise. He has a 2.91 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP over 65 innings of work in just nine starts. The problem is that Detroit has a losing record on the year when Verlander is on the mound at just 4-5, and it feels like he has to throw an absolute gem to get a ‘W’.
The rest of the American League had really better look out! The Red Sox are over .500 for the first time on the season, as they have won five straight, including a “damned by the Yankees” three game sweep of the New York Yankees last weekend. The team has thrown two shutouts over the course of the last four games, and the second most recent man to get the job done was the man that is on the hill in Josh Beckett. Beckett only threw six of the nine innings in the 6-0 win in the Bronx five days ago, but he has absolutely been on fire. He is 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP this year, and he is finding ways to win games in spite of the fact that his team is only averaging giving him 3.5 runs of support on the year. Opponents only are putting up 2.1 runs per game against Beckett and the bullpen in these first eight starts of the season. Over his last three starts, Beckett is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP, and there is no doubt that he is pitching like a madman at the moment.
Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox Pick: There’s just no way that we can go against the Sox right now, even with Verlander on the mound. Detroit is just 16-36 in its last 52 visits to Fenway Park, and 19-42 in its last 61 clashes with the Red Sox overall. That’s more than good enough for us to make our MLB picks on the Red Sox -145.
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