MLB Baseball Vegas Online Sports Betting & Free Predictions Thursday June 7th, 2018
Red-Hot Boston Looks to Sweep Detroit on Thursday
The Boston Red Sox have outscored the Detroit Tigers 13-1 in the first two games of this best of three series. If they are to complete the sweep though, they’ll need the help of a pitcher making his major league debut.
Boston is 43-19 and that’s good enough for the best record in baseball, a game up on number two, the New York Yankees.
Their 22-8 home record is also tops in the Bigs and Detroit’s 9-20 away record is the second worst in all of baseball.
They’ve won four in a row, seven of their last nine and are 15-5 in their last 20.
Detroit had been playing pretty well of late, 8-2 heading into this series. They had won series against the White Sox, Angels and Blue Jays before splitting a two-game set with the Yankees.
In the opener, J.D. Martinez continued his torrid pace, hitting his 20th of the season getting up to 52 RBIs. Knuckleballer Steven Wright pitched seven scoreless innings and all the scoring was done by the fifth.
On Wednesday Detroit scored first, but Boston put up four runs in the third inning and never looked back on the way to a 7-1 win. Andrew Benintendi hit his tenth home run and got up to 43 RBIs to help lead the way.
Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 5.2 innings to get his seventh win against just one loss.
Jalen Beeks (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is making his major league debut as a 24-year old. He was 3-3, 2.56 ERA in AAA and has been a strikeout machine, racking up 12.8 Ks per nine innings. That is tops in the International League. He’s remade himself as a strikeout artist after being a groundball pitcher in college. He’s gotten better at each stop in the minors.
Matthew Boyd (3-4, 3.23 ERA) has been having a solid and borderline excellent season. He had a streak of four straight starts of allowing three runs or less broken last time out. He gave up four in seven innings to Toronto. The Tigers still won that game and are 4-1 in his last five starts and 6-4 in his last ten.
Boston is -163 favorites and Detroit +153 underdogs. I don’t think the moment will be too big for Beeks who’s waited patiently for this opportunity. The Red Sox scouting clearly knows how to pitch to the Tigers and I think Beeks picks up where his teammates have left off. The Pick: Red Sox 4-0.