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|Team||Run Spread||Money Line||Total|
|Boston Red Sox||-1.5 (+105)
|O 9 (-110)
|Detroit Tigers||+1.5 (-125)
|U 9 (-110)
Boston’s lineup is as deep as it gets, but Casey Mize and the Tigers are rolling at home right now. Detroit is 6-2 in Mize’s last eight starts and now that he’s off his pitch count again he’s looking for another strong outing. We will take the upset and go Tigers money line.
Garcia’s 2021 record: (41-39-2)
|Boston Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers Information|
|Teams||Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers|
|Location||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Time||Wednesday, August 4, 7:10 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||Bally Sports Detroit, New England Sports Network, MLB.TV|
The Tigers are in the bottom half of the league in most pitching categories including quality starts (16th), batting average against (20th), WHIP (21st) and ERA (22nd).
Boston too has been in the bottom half of baseball in all of them, starting with ERA (16th), quality starts (23rd), WHIP (25th) and batting average against (27th).
But they both have the men with winning records on the mound Wednesday when Eduardo Rodriguez (7-6) and Casey Mize (6-5) square off.
Rodriguez, however, hasn’t been nearly as good as his record suggests — he has a 5.60 ERA and 1.41 WHIP, both of which would rank near the bottom of the league if he had thrown enough innings to qualify.
He’s been a mixed bag in recent starts — in his past 10 outings he’s given up 4+ runs four times and thrown four quality starts — so it seems to be all of it or none of iti with Rodriguez this season.
Mize on the other hand is the ace of the future (or really of the now, for the Tigers). He’s young and still perfecting his craft, but the former No. 1 overall pick has lived up to the billing in his first full season in the big leagues and finds himself squarely in the Rookie of the Year conversation.
Mize was on an inning restriction for a few starts on either side of the All-Star break (manager AJ Hinch didn’t want to have to shut him down early in September) but he should be full go again on Wednesday.
Mize ranks in the top 25 in all of baseball with a 3.41 ERA (23rd) and 1.11 WHIP (18th) and he was sensational in his last outing when he got to pull the training wheels off: seven innings, no runs, four runs, two hits and two strikeouts in a 6-2 win over the Orioles.
If you thought the Tigers — after starting the season 8-23 and looking every bit as bad as that during a 2-15 stretch from the end of April to early May — were going to have three consecutive winning months raise your hand.
Now any of you with your hand up, but it down and tell the truth. Nobody could have seen this coming, not even the largest of Tigers optimists.
But still, despite missing top two coming into the season (Matt Boyd and Spencer Turnbull who has already thrown a no-hitter this year) for multiple months each, the Tigers keep on winning and it’s in large part due to the youth.
We mentioned how Mize was in the Rookie of the Year race? He’s going against two, or maybe even three of his teammates. Catcher Eric Haase just won American League Rookie of the Month in July because he doesn’t stop mashing. Akil Baddoo is the spark plug of this offense and is currently a top-three favorite for AL ROY honors.
And Tarik Skubal, a lefty who has all the makings of becoming an ace once he learns how to attack big league hitters.
That’s not to mention there’s still two top-10 prospects in all of baseball waiting in Double-A Erie who are set to come up some time in 2022. Why yes, after a number of years of misery, the future for Detroit looks very bright indeed.
Miguel Cabrera has been far from vintage this season — he was hitting .199 and battling injuries as recently as June 13th — but over the last nearly two months he’s raised his average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS all by between 40 and 100 points.
Cabrera had another nice performance last night — he went 2-of-4 including the 498th home run of his career. Over the last seven games, Cabrera has been red-hot, going 11-of-23 with four home runs and eight RBIs. Cabrera is not the player he once was, but now just two home runs away from the 500 mark and the crowd going crazy every time he comes to the plate, he’s an x-factor just for the juice he provides to this lineup when he’s right.
For the Red Sox we’re going to focus on somebody who became a star when he was in Detroit but has struggled mightily the last week, but even to some degree for months.
J.D. Martinez 2-of-25 with one run and no extra base hits the last week — good for a 0.80 batting average, 0.80 OBP and 0.80 slugging percentage. Yikes.
Since May 15th, Martinez’s batting average has gone from .345 to .285, his OBP has gone from .424 to 352 and his OPS has gone from 1.038 to .880.
He had 10 home runs in April alone — and has just 10 home runs since. He has to get going again for Boston to compete for the World Series.
That said, he was 2-of-3 last night, a sign that he may be turning the corner.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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