The Boston Red Sox have the best record in baseball but are a little thin in the starting rotation right now. Thus, the team will use Jalen Beeks for his major-league debut on Thursday night to close out a series against Detroit. The Sox are still solid MLB lines favorites.
How to Bet Tigers at Red Sox MLB Lines & Game Info
Final from Fenway Park. pic.twitter.com/9WQitBG2j3
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 7, 2018
When: Thursday, 7 PM ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
Probable pitchers (away/home): Matthew Boyd/Jalen Beeks
Radio: 97.1 FM (Detroit) / 850 AM (Boston)
Opening MLB Lines: Red Sox -168, Tigers +158 (9.5)
Why Bet on Detroit?
Some good and potentially bad injury news for the Tigers. Reliever Alex Wilson is expected to come off the disabled list Thursday. Wilson worked 1 1/3 hitless innings in his lone rehab appearance Tuesday night at Triple-A Toledo. He’ll was to take a day of rest Wednesday and then should be available out of the Tigers’ bullpen on Thursday. The setup man has been out since May 7 with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.
On the flip side, third baseman Jeimer Candelario left Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox with a jammed right middle finger. The injury was caused by a 104 mph ground ball off the bat of J.D. Martinez. X-rays on Candelario’s finger came back negative and he should avoid the DL but could miss a few days. He’s hitting .267 with nine homers and 26 RBIs.
Nicholas Castellanos has hit safely in 21 of his last 27 games with at least one at-bat, hitting .375 with 15 runs scored, 13 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 13 RBI during the stretch. Entering Tuesday, the Tigers had at least one double in 53 straight games. The streak is the longest by a Tigers team and is the third-longest streak among all MLB teams since at least 1908. The 1996 Cleveland Indians have the longest streak in the last 110 years, recording a double in 75 straight games from May 30-August 19, 1996.
Who Starts for the Tigers?
It’s lefty Matthew Boyd (3-4, 3.23) here. Boyd allowed four runs on six hits and two walks across seven innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Saturday. He struck out three. Boyd pitched reasonably well Saturday, but a pair of two-run innings spoiled his bid for a quality start and left him with a no-decision. After not allowing a home run in May (six starts, 34 innings), Boyd served up a pair of solo homers — to Yangervis Solarte and Luke Maile — in his first start of June.
After finishing the 2017 season on a strong note, Boyd has allowed three runs-or-less in eight of his first 11 starts this season. Boyd currently ranks ninth in the American League with a .207 opponents’ batting average. Boyd has made two career starts against the Red Sox, compiling a 0-1 record with a 12.00 ERA (6.0IP/8ER) and four strikeouts. His last start against Boston came on August 18, 2016.
Why Bet on Boston?
The Sox remain without outfielder and AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts and second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia was placed on the disabled list Saturday with left knee inflammation, but it has been determined that the issue has nothing to do with the knee surgery Pedroia had last October. Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters Tuesday that the hope is Pedroia will be back “sooner than later.”
Former Tiger J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 20th home run — a two-run shot — in Tuesday’s win over Detroit. Martinez took Artie Lewicki over the Green Monster in the first inning. He also added a single and scored three runs on the night. Martinez has hit 15 home runs since the beginning of May and has become the first player to reach the 20-homer plateau this season. He also leads the majors in RBIs. The only Red Sox ever to lead MLB outright in both categories in a season are Ted Williams (1942), Jim Rice (1978), and Tony Armas (1984).
The Sox’s record for most HR through the end of June is 24, accomplished by Ted Williams (1950), Mo Vaughn (1996), Jose Canseco (1996), and Manny Ramirez (2001). The Sox lead MLB in runs per game (6.21), AVG (.289), OBP (.353), and SLG (.511) at home. They are slugging 99 points higher at Fenway than they did in 2017 (.412).
Who Will Debut on the Mound for the Red Sox?
With Drew Pomeranz landing on the DL Tuesday, rookie left-hander Jalen Beeks gets the call in his MLB debut. Beeks has been excellent for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, registering a 2.56 ERA and striking out 80 hitters in his 56 2/3 innings. He has allowed two earned or fewer in eight of his 10 Triple-A starts this year. Beeks was named the 2017 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 11-8 with a 3.29 ERA (53 ER/145.0 IP) over 26 starts between Pawtucket and Double-A Portland.
Latest MLB Lines Trends
- Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit’s last 9 games
- Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston’s last 11 games
Expert MLB Betting Prediction
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