Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers preview: TV show, pitching odds, key stories, how to watch (August 3-5)
After being swept away by the Rays in St. Petersburg over the weekend, the Red Sox had to regroup on Monday before continuing their 10-game road trip to Detroit. On Tuesday, they return to play and face the Tigers for the first of three games at Comerica Park. Here is an overview:
Boston Red Sox (63-44) vs. Detroit Tigers (51-57) Comerica Park Detroit, MI
SERIES SCHEDULE (and TV information):
Tue, Aug 3, 7:10 p.m. ET – NESN / MLB network (non-market)
Wed, Aug 4, 7:10 p.m. ET – NESN
Thu, Aug 5, 1:10 p.m. ET – NESN / MLB network (non-market)
HOW TO WATCH:
Tue, Aug 3, 7:10 p.m. ET – NESN / MLB Network (Channel finder: Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios, Spectrum / Charter, Optimum / Altice, DIRECTV, Plate, AT&T U verse, fuboTV and Sling) Direct: Watch NESN Live, fuboTV, MLB.tv (off-market)
Wed, Aug 4, 7:10 p.m. ET – NESN (Channel finder: Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios, Spectrum / Charter, Optimum / Altice, DIRECTV, Plate, AT&T U verse, fuboTV and Sling) Direct: Watch NESN Live, fuboTV, MLB.tv (off-market)
Thu, Aug 5, 1:10 p.m. ET – NESN / MLB Network (Channel finder: Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios, Spectrum / Charter, Optimum / Altice, DIRECTV, Plate, AT&T U verse, fuboTV and Sling) Direct: Watch NESN Live, fuboTV, MLB.tv (off-market)
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT:
The Tigers had low expectations at the start of the season and surpassed them somewhat, posting a good 51-57 record for third place at AL Central. Detroit went 14-12 in July, including scoring seven straight wins from the All-Star break. The Tigers opened their homestand by sharing a four-game set with the Orioles from Thursday to Sunday.
The Tigers had only one All-Star – reliever Gregory Soto – and were silent by the trade deadline, making a small move to ship southpaw Daniel Norris to the Brewers while holding out infielder Jonathan Schoop , Michael Fulmer and others. It’s clear that having won less than 40% of their games in each of the past four years, Detroit is on the rise a bit.
Under new manager AJ Hinch, the Tigers are 16th in majors on average (0.241), 17th in majors in OPS (0.710) and tied for 18th in home runs (123). The pitching side was worse, as Detroit is 20th in majors on opponents average (.248), 22nd in ERA (4.59) and 26th in strikeouts (847). Four positional players (Jake Rogers, Isaac Paredes, Niko Goodrum and Daz Cameron) are currently on the injured list with various illnesses, as are pitchers Matthew Boyd, Spencer Turnbull, Julio Teheran and José Ureña.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. ET – RHP Garrett Richards (6-6, 5.15 ERA) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (3-2, 3.64 ERA)
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. ET – LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (7-6, 5.60 ERA) v RHP Casey Mize (6-5, 3.41 ERA)
Thursday, 1:10 p.m. ET – LHP Martín Pérez (7-7, 4.56 ERA) vs. LHP Tarik Skubal (6-10, 4.53 ERA)
THREE SOX TO WATCH:
Rodriguez started his second half with a stellar performance in the Bronx on July 16, but has pitched just 4 ⅓ innings in two starts since, having been pulled out of his July 23 outing with migraine symptoms before d ‘to be bombarded for six earned points in 3 frames Thursday against the Blue Jays. He will be looking to bounce back against the Tigers, whom he has not faced since July 5, 2019.
Gonzalez, who has been on the injured list since July 16 with right hamstring strain, is in Detroit and is expected to be activated for Game 1 of the series on Tuesday. The veteran’s return could spell the end of Jonathan Araúz or Franchy Cordero’s stint in the big leagues, or manager Alex Cora could go for 13 pitchers and 13 positional players for now.
Robles, who was acquired from the Twins on deadline day, pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning on his Sox debut. He’ll likely get another leveraged appearance at some point in Detroit as Cora continues to figure out how to use her new backup arm.
- The Red Sox have lost four straight games, good for their longest losing streak in 2021. They have already lost three straight games on four occasions.
- Sunday closed a streak in which the Red Sox started 34 straight days with at least a share of 1st place in LA East (6 / 28-7 / 31). Entering Tuesday, Boston is one game behind the Rays, who lost to the Mariners on Monday.
- Twenty-nine of the Sox’s first 32 games after the all-star break are against AL East, with the three games in Detroit being the only expectation. Boston was 8-8 in its first 16 games out of the break and will play 13 straight division games August 6-18.
- The Sox won two of three games against the Tigers at Fenway Park from May 4-6. The teams haven’t played in 2020, but Boston was 5-2 against Detroit in 2019, including sweeping a three-game streak at Comerica Park July 5-7.
- The Red Sox lead the MLB with 33 wins from behind (the Rays are 2nd with 31) … The Sox were lagging behind after 5 innings in 12 of those comeback wins.
- Alex Cora has the highest winning percentage among 19 who have managed at least 400 games with the Red Sox
After three games in Detroit, the Sox will travel to Toronto for the first time since 2019. They will play four games north of the border (including a doubles schedule on Saturday) before returning home for an all-division homestand from August 10. Once the road trip is over, Boston will play 12 of the 15 home games.
Here is the continuation :
Fri 8/6 – Sun 8/8 – @ Blue Jays (4)
Mon 8/9 – DAY OFF
Tue 8/10 – Thu 8/12 – against Rays (3)
Fri 8/13 – Sun 8/15 – against Orioles (3)
Mon 8/16 – DAY OFF
Tue 08/17 – Wed 8/18 – @ Yankees (3)
Thu. 19/8 – DAY OFF
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