Red Sox vs. Tigers prediction and odds for Saturday, April 8 (How to bet over/under)
By Reed Wallach
The Tigers are still looking for consistent contributors in the lineup and the rotation, and this early season series against the Red Sox is a nice test.
The Tigers will send out Joey Wentz, a left hander who is still looking for a full time big league role. He showed promise at the end of last season with the big league club, but got roughed up in his first against the Rays. Can Wentz bounce back at home? He will face a struggling pitcher in the Red Sox's Tanner Houck.
Here's the odds for this Saturday afternoon matchup:
Red Sox vs. Tigers odds, run line and total
Red sox vs. Tigers prediction and pick
It was a tough first go for Wentz, who only pitched 5 1/3 innings while allowing three earned runs. He struggled to generate swings and misses, only three on the game, and allowed a home run in the process.
He'll face a Red Sox lineup on Saturday that is formidable against lefties, top five last season in batting average when facing southpaws and fourth through the young season.
However, I can't trust Houck to keep any offense down. While the long reliever converted starter was strong last season with a 3.15 ERA, he has been anything but this year. After posting a 9.74 ERA in six starts in Spring Training, he allowed three earned runs in five innings in his first start of the year, including two home runs.
Detroit has been hit-or-miss on offense this season, but I can't trust Houck to not have one blow up inning and for this game to become a back-and-forth matchup.
I lean towards the Tigers side, but with the Red Sox offense against lefties, I'll side with the over.
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