MLB Picks: Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox: May 31st 2012
MLB Picks: May 31st 2012
Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox
Pick: Boston Red Sox -133
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The Boston Red Sox are playing their best baseball of the season right now. Boston (26-24) has gotten to two games over .500 for the first time all year thanks to three straight wins over the Detroit Tigers to open this series. The Red Sox have scored a combined 19 runs in the three victories.
After a shaky start, Josh Beckett has pitched very well of late. Beckett is 2-2 with a 3.73 ERA and 1.053 WHIP in five home starts this season, and 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 0.877 WHIP in his last three outings. He has allowed just 3 earned runs over 21 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
Max Scherzer is one of the most overrated starters in the big leagues. The right-hander is 4-3 with a 5.67 ERA and 1.537 WHIP through 10 starts this season. Scherzer has never beaten Boston, going 0-2 with a whopping 11.81 ERA and 2.313 WHIP in four career starts against the Red Sox. He has allowed 14 earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in his last two starts against them.
Detroit is 5-20 against the money line in road games vs. AL teams scoring 5.2 or more runs/game on the season over the last 3 seasons. The Red Sox are 30-11 in Beckett’s last 41 starts as a home favorite. Boston is 9-2 in their last 11 home games. The Tigers are 26-59 in their last 85 games as a road underdog of +110 to +150. Bet Boston Thursday.
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