Detroit Tigers (47-49) at Boson Red Sox (43-54) — 4:05 PM ET
Fenway Park — Boston, MA
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 69 degrees, mostly cloudy
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When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox first matchup in over a year on Friday was a good one. It took 11 innings to decide a victor, but unfortunately, Detroit fell for the second straight day in extra innings, this time, 2-1.
The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for Boston. Right-hander Justin Verlander pitched his best game of the season, allowing just one run over eight innings, but the Tigers wasted great starting pitching for a second consecutive day. Detroit’s offense has gone cold again, scoring just one run in the last 25 innings.
The smart money tells fans that their will be a lot of offense in Saturday’s game, but the same could have been said for Friday’s game that ended, 2-1. Perhaps that means right-hander Alfredo Simon could also surprise us like Justin Verlander did.
Simon was a little bit better in his last outing, but he still allowing four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. In his five starts prior to that, he yielded at least five runs in all of them.
Overall, Simon is 8-6 with a 4.63 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 105 innings this season.
Hopefully the Tigers can provide Simon some run support against right-hander Steven Wright, who will start for the Red Sox. He is 3-3 with a 4.84 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings.
The Los Angeles Angels completely lit up Wright for six runs on six hits, including two home runs in five innings in his last outing. Detroit needs a similar offensive performance.
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