MLB Picks: Red Sox vs. Tigers Odds & Prediction

Joe Catalano

Saturday, June 22, 2013 3:09 PM GMT

Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013 3:09 PM GMT

The Detroit Tigers can feel very confident tonight as they host the American League East leading Boston Red Sox when Detroit sends 10-0 starter, Max Scherzer to the rubber.

Granted, Scherzer has received run support at times, but no opponent has had an answer for him.

First-pitch is set for tonight at 7:15 pm ET at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

Bet 365 Sportsbook lists the Tigers as a heavy -185 betting favorite and the total for the game is 9 runs.

This is due in part to Allen Webster (0-1, 11.74) starting for the Sox. In 2 starts (7 2/3 innings), Webster has allowed 10 runs on 11 hits and now he faces 10-0 Max Scherzer. Boston can hit, but this could get ugly.

Miggy

Triple Crown Winner, Miguel Cabrera, is having another stellar season. He might have a difficult time in earning MVP honors this season as Chris Davis is ”killing it” for the Orioles, but Cabrera keeps on hitting with timely precision.

It’s very rare that you see such a big man that makes such perfect contact with the ball unless you’re talking about uh…Babe Ruth.

Cabrera is coming off of a perfect 4 for 4 performance against the Red Sox in which he picked up his 20th home run of the season along with 3 more runs batted in. Cabrera is on a 7- game hitting streak and in those games, he’s hitting 14 for 28 (.500) along with 2 HR and 5 RBI. Facing Cabrera will be a huge task for Allen Webster and we could see a monster game from Miggy.

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Offensive Explosion

When 2 offensive powerhouses like this collide, you’re likely to see a lot of offense.

In last night’s game, the Red Sox defeated the Tigers 10-6. 6 Red Sox hitters had 2 or more hits in this game and Shane Victorino was the hero. Victorino went 4 for 5 with a home run and 5 RBI. We don’t expect a similar performance out of the native Hawaiian, but on Boston’s team, any player is capable of coming up big on any given day.

Shortstop Stephen Drew is the only Red Sox starter to be hitting under .260. That’s pretty amazing as most teams are hitting below .260 as a team combined.

Where’s the Pop?

I look at Jacoby Ellsbury’s statistics and even though he’s known for his speed, I wonder if he took PED’s in the past.

Ellsbury was once a player that hit 32 home runs in 2011 and has just 1 home run this season and we’re 8 days away from the end of June.

That said, Ellsbury is the perfect man to set the tone for an offense as he has 32 SB’s and has raised his batting average to .283 on the season after a slow start. In his last 6 games, Ellsbury is 10 for 26 and  is coming off of a solid 2 for 5 performance with 2 RBI’s last night.

Ellsbury is also a career 3 for 6 hitter off of Scherzer with 1 HR and 5 RBI.

Dustin Pedroia is also 3 for 10 off of Scherzer with 2 HR and 5 RBI while Big Popi is a lifetime 6 for 10 off of Scherzer with 2 HR and 5 RBI. Could “Mad Max” have some difficulties in this game?

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Outcome

Although Max Scherzer has been a beast this season, the Red Sox have hit him hard in the past and that’s a concern. I’ll lean towards the total and take the OVER with these two hard hitting baseball teams for my MLB picks.

Pick- Detroit/Boston OVER 9 at Bet 365

 

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