Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds (Pinnacle) that have established the Red Sox as -131 favorites over the Tigers.
Detroit moved past the Oakland Athletics in five games in its ALDS—led by the pitching exploits of Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. The dynamic duo will play a major role in which team advances to the Fall Classic.
The Tigers will be playing in their third consecutive LCS, with third baseman Miguel Cabrera leading the way offensively. It’s important to point out that the club scored 11 runs in its last 13 innings against the Athletics.
MLB handicappers will find that Detroit won four of seven regular-season meetings against Boston, which provides value for this team in the betting markets.
Boston eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays in four games in its ALDS matchup, as it possesses one of the more well-rounded rosters in baseball this season.
The Red Sox have plenty of power in the lineup, but they also know how to run the bases, as they collected 123 stolen bases during the regular season.
Designated hitter David Ortiz will try to match Cabrera’s exploits in the opposite dugout, entering with 14 home runs and 46 RBIs in his postseason career—both are all-time franchise records in those categories.
Whichever center fielder plays best in this series will likely lead his team to victory, as Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury hit .500 and stole four bases versus the Rays, while Detroit’s Austin Jackson struck out 13 times in 20 at-bats against the Athletics.
The Red Sox hold a clear edge in this matchup entering the series opener, and I will be backing them with my MLB picks to take this series.