Date/Time: October 15th, 4:00 PM ET
Probable Starters: Lackey (Boston) vs. Verlander (Detroit)
Moneyline: Tigers -155
After a tremendous Game 2 of this series and a day off, the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers are back at it once again in MLB betting action in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday afternoon.
The Red Sox were as good as dead in Game 2, and they were going to be faced with the prospects of winning two out of three games here at Comerica Park to stay alive in the ALCS. And then came Big Papi. DH David Ortiz, one of the most clutch postseason hitters of our generation came up with a grand slam in the eighth inning and the walk off hit in the ninth inning to take what seemed like a sure loss and turn it into a win for the boys from Beantown. Now, it’s up to RHP John Lackey to make it stick. Lackey didn’t have the most remarkable start in the world against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of the ALDS, but he didn’t have to. His offense – led by Ortiz’s two home runs, might we add – was good enough to win really regardless of who was pitching. We would have loved to see Lackey give more than 5.1 innings with four earned runs to the effort, but he did enough to get the ‘W’, leading the team to its fourth win its his last five starts dating back to the regular season.
Detroit has to be wondering what hit it. The team finally came up with some offense, it hit a couple homers, and it had a man who has now won 23 games this season on the mound. RHP Max Scherzer did his job, allowing just one run in seven innings, but the bullpen really blew it in a big time way. Five different relievers were all tagged for a run in the effort, and it really made this a comprehensive collapse that some teams might not get up from. The good news is that the man who has shut everyone down that he has faced of late, RHP Justin Verlander, is getting the ball in this game. Verlander has thrown 28 straight scoreless innings dating back to the regular season, and he is starting to look like the ace that he is. The righty posted 15 innings of shutout ball in the ALDS against the Oakland Athletics, and he struck out a whopping 21 guys in that time frame with just six hits and two walks surrendered. Now, Verlander is back at it against the Sox, though he was beaten up for four runs in five innings against them back in June.
We just don’t believe that Detroit is worthy of being the favored team in this game by such a huge margin. Don’t get us wrong, as the Tigers are great, but they aren’t as good as the Red Sox are. Verlander might be awesome once again, but his bullpen might implode once again as well. Go with Lackey and the Sox to get the job done and take back home field advantage.
Boston Red Sox @ Detroit Tigers Pick: Boston Red Sox +148
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