The Detroit Tigers host the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday in Game 2 of their three-game streak on Tuesday.
The Red Sox entered the week having lost two of three to the New York Yankees. Boston managed to win the final game of the series 4-3 on Sunday. The Tigers, meanwhile, lost two of three to the White Sox before winning Game 1 on Monday afternoon.
Rich Hill is expected to start for the Red Sox with Tyler Alexander for the Tigers. Both are making their regular season debuts.
Here are the odds for this game, courtesy of WynnBET Sports Betting.
Let’s start with the starters for Game 2 on Tuesday. I have to say that I don’t have much faith in either of them to put together a quality start to kick off the year. Alexander worked in relief for most of last season before the Tigers stretched him in July to start starting games. He finished the year with a career-high 106 ⅓ innings pitched and a 2-4 record. He was productive, but not very impressive. He doesn’t walk a lot of hitters, but he also can’t afford regular outs against higher level teams. For what it’s worth, Alexander pitched twice against the Red Sox last season. In four innings, he allowed three earned runs for an ERA over 5.00. I will say he looked sharp in spring training. Alexander threw 8 ⅔ innings with one run with eight strikeouts and three walks. This is by far his best spring to date.
On the other side of the diamond, the Red Sox are going with veteran Hill to start tonight. The 42-year-old southpaw went 7-8 last season with a 3.86 ERA and 150 strikeouts. Honestly, the guy is 42 and posted a 9.35 ERA in 8 ⅔ innings this spring. His WHIP was 1.73 and he allowed 14 hits and nine earned runs.
Hill is a huge liability here with the talented Tigers roster. Javy Baez and Austin Meadows are off to a hot start this year at home plate. I think Hill will help jump-start the rest of this offense as he continues to be a below-average 42-year-old starter. It’s not Jamie Moyer, that’s for sure.
To take: ML Tigers (+111)
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