Boston (67-53) at Detroit (64-57)
When: Friday, August 19th 2016
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: FSN Detroit, NESN
The Detroit Tigers will try and inch closer to the Boston Red Sox when the two meet Friday night at Comerica Park. Detroit rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning yesterday to come away with a 4-3 victory in the opener of the four-game set. The Tigers are now within 3.5 games of Boston for the second AL Wild Card spot. Detroit’s win snapped a horrible three-game losing streak in which they were outscored 13-3. The Tigers have won all four meetings against the Red Sox this season with three coming by one run. Boston’s starters have a 2.80 ERA in the last 22 games but the bullpen has blown six saves in the last 21 or they would probably be in first place in the AL East.
Pitchers: Red Sox – Rick Porcello (16-3, 3.30 ERA) | Tigers – Michael Fulmer (10-3, 2.25)
Rick Porcello looks to become the second 17-game winner after matching his career high in wins last time out. Porcello gave up one run on three hits against Arizona with seven strong innings. Porcello is 8-1 over his last nine starts, recording eight quality starts in that span. He made his only career start against his former team in July 2015, tossing seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision.
Michael Fulmer broke a five-start winless streak by striking out nine against Texas and allowing only only four hits and not walking a batter in his first complete game. It was the 11th time in 15 starts that Fulmer has surrendered one run or less. Fulmer did not factor in the decision in his lone start versus Boston on July 27th, giving up two homers and three runs over 7.2 innings.
Porcello is just pitching too good right now and the Tigers are still struggling to score runs. They had one run in each of the previous three games prior to yesterday and it took them until the 8th inning to get something going. The Red Sox offense is scary good and I wouldn’t bet against them at even money.
Pick: Red Sox +100