ALCS Game 5: BoSox, Tigers square
The Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers are all square at two victories apiece in the ALCS as that best-of-seven MLB betting series continues at Comerica Park on Thursday night.
The Tigers pulled even with the Red Sox in the set on Wednesday night with a 7-3 win, getting two RBI from each of Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, and Austin Jackson in the contest. Doug Fister picked up the victory on the mound.
Anibal Sanchez gets the call for the Detroit Tigers and he will try to build on a 15-9 mark. In the other dugout, Jon Lester brings a 16-9 ledger to the game for the Red Sox as he tries to quiet the Tigers bats.
It's a baseball betting matchup between the No. 16-rated Tigers and the league No. 4-ranked Red Sox, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.
Last time out for Boston, they were a 7-3 loser as they battled the Tigers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Tigers at -110 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Red Sox endured a 7-3 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Wednesday, with Jake Peavy throwing 3 innings of 5-hit ball at Comerica Park.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Detroit has baseball's No. 2-rated offensive output, at 9.91 hits per game. The Red Sox average 9.58 hits per game, good for No. 2 on the list.
Defensively, Boston features the No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.11 runs per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 at home, scoring 5.21 runs per game.
Boston at Detroit, Saturday, October 19th