10-0 Scherzer gets ball for Tigers
The Detroit Tigers are expected to turn to Max Scherzer against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night, with the undefeated righthander looking to improve his season record to 11-0.
Scherzer sits at 10-0 with a 3.08 ERA on the season, with Detroit 11-3 over his 14 starts so far in 2013. However, the righthander has struggled in his six career starts against the Red Sox, going 1-3 with an ugly 9.21 ERA in those outings.
Boston puts its faith in starter Allen Webster to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 0-1.
Bettors looking to side with the Tigers in this matchup found them as -192 favorites on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 9 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.
This game puts the Tigers, most recently No. 1 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Red Sox, who rate an American League No. 2 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 3-rated American League offense, averaging 4.9 runs per game, against a Red Sox defense that ranks No. 5 in the American League at 4.1 in runs allowed per game. The Tigers have averaged 10 hits per game so far, more than Red Sox batters have averaged on the year (9.2 hits per game).
Detroit owns the American League's No. 3 defense, allowing 3.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Boston's American League No. 5-rated defense.
In their last action, Boston was a 10-6 winner on the road against the Tigers. Bettors on Boston at +126 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (16) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Boston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Tigers, a 10-6 final on Friday in support of Jon Lester at Comerica Park.
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
A few Red Sox at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Boston's last 11 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games on the road
Boston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Detroit's last 11 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Detroit's last 12 games
Detroit is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
Boston at Detroit, Sunday, June 23