ALCS Game 4: Red Sox lead Tigers
The Boston Red Sox will be looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead on Wednesday night as they play Game 4 of the best-of-seven ALCS against the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Boston went up 2-1 in the series on Tuesday with a 1-0 road win behind the pitching of John Lackey. Mike Napoli homered for the Red Sox in that victory to drive in the game's only run in the seventh inning. Koji Uehara earned the save.
Doug Fister gets the call for the Detroit Tigers and he will try to build on a 14-9 mark. In the other dugout, Jake Peavy brings a 12-5 ledger to the game for the Red Sox as he tries to quiet the Tigers bats.
Bettors looking to side with the Tigers in this matchup found them as -120 favorites on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 7 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.
The Tigers - Red Sox odds would favor the Red Sox if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Detroit is rated No. 16 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Boston is at No. 4.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 2 ranked offense (4.82 runs per game) against a Red Sox defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 at 3.99 runs allowed per game. The Tigers have been averaging 9.92 hits per game, more than the Red Sox have managed so far this season (9.56 hits on average).
Detroit owns the No. 7 defense, allowing 4.82 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Boston's No. 12-rated defense.
Boston at Detroit, Thursday, October 17th