Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox: Free MLB Picks

Oleh: Jason Storm
May 31

Jason Storm
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172-114-1 Overall Record

MLB Predictions: Detroit Tigers (+129) at Boston Red Sox (-137) Over-Under: 9

In the last game of this four game series The Detroit Tigers absolutely need this win. Sure they sit in 3rd place in their division but as management see it, it’s been a failure thus far. They don’t look like the playoff team they were predicted to be. This Tigers team is several games under .500 and they are fighting to stay relevant. While the team they are playing are a couple games over .500 and now are starting to getting some good buzz.

Yes the Boston Red Sox still the cellar dwellars in the AL East, but they are only 2.5 games back of the division lead in a division where every team is playing well. If the season were to end today, both teams would be in danger of missing the playoffs, which would be crushing for two of baseballs prime money spending teams.

The Tigers come into this game, looking at avoid the sweep. They have had a couple dreadful few losses to the BoSox including the game with Justin Verlander. Today we will have Max Scherzer on the mound to hopefully put their winning ways back on track. His 4-3 start doesn’t show how decent he really is. His 5.37 ERA is not very good and his WHIP just as bad sitting at 1.54. Yet Scherzer has the stuff to put guys away. He averages 7.2 strikes out per start, to put that in perspective, Justin Verlander averages 7.4 strikeouts a start. This is a great duo that has the Tigers ranked 2nd in the MLB in strikeouts.
This is a desperate Tigers so expect their best today. The Tigers do have a bright spot with Batting Averages as well. They come in at 7th in the league with a .261, they will be challenged by Josh Beckett today.
Beckett, who has seen some crazy stuff is only sitting at 4-4 after a pretty controversial season for the ace this season. This years team has had its problems and hes been in the middle just like everyone else whether its blowing games or missing a start because of injury but still being spotted on the gold course.

The Red Sox have been improving the last few weeks but still sit in the back of  the AL East. They do have the 2nd best Runs/G and the 3rd best BA overall, but many baseball insiders question if they have the team to win this incredibly tough division. Beckett will have to tame this Tigers today. He has faced them once already this season and was absolutely drilled. He only went 4.2 innings allowed 7 runs and a staggering 5 home runs. These Tigers hitters not only were getting hits off Beckett, they were taking him long in pitcher friendly Comerica Park. It’s only going to be tougher for Beckett in Fenway.

This Tigers team needs a win and will get it today.

Pick: Tigers +129

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