The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers return to Comerica Park for their second meeting in this three-game series in downtown Detroit. The Tigers upset the Red Sox with an impressive 4-2 win last night. Wily Peralta turned in an attractive performance with 1 earned run allowed in 4.2 innings. Conversely, Garrett Richards was tagged for 5 hits and 3 earned runs in 4 innings. He didn’t have a poor start, but the run support wasn’t there.
Give credit to Peralta for hanging in there and pitching like Freddy Peralta. The Red Sox aren’t the easiest lineup to navigate through, but he handled it nicely. With the win, the Tigers progressed to 52-57 on the season. For a team exiting a rebuilding phase and hopefully kicking things up a gear next season, the Tigers have been more than fine this season. It’s really hard to expect much more from them, but expectations will be higher for 2022 and beyond.
Next season is going to be an important year for this team. There is a young and solid foundation for the Tigers to work with now, though they aren’t a postseason team just yet. The fact that the team weren’t huge sellers at the trade deadline, like in many recent seasons, is something that the fanbase hasn’t experienced in a long while. They will look to win two in a row and this series against a dangerous Red Sox team tonight.
The Red Sox allowed their lead to slip away against the Tampa Bay Rays recently. They are down a game going into this one. This is a result of a big six-game slide from the Red Sox. Boston hasn’t won a game since a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on July 26. When it comes to baseball during a long season, even the best are prone to losing streaks. On the other side, the Tigers will look to make it three in a row with former No. 1 pick, Casey Mize, on the hill at Comerica. Eduardo Rodriguez is expected to counter for the Red Sox. Head below for our free Red Sox vs. Tigers pick on August 4, 2021.
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Eduardo Rodriguez has been down, up, and then down again this season. After missing all of last season because of Covid complications, Rodriguez started off slow this season. However, then he began to pick it up and resemble the guy from 2019. However, you never know what Rodriguez is going to show up as of late.
He is coming off a brutal performance versus the Toronto Blue Jays in a 13-1 loss. Rodriguez allowed 7 hits and 6 earned runs in 3.1 innings of work. He also issued 4 walks for a terrible performance no matter how you look at it. In his previous three outings he’s posted an ERA of 6.30 and a 1.80 WHIP. He had another really poor start to open July against the Los Angeles Angels.
Overall on the season, Rodriguez has a 5.60 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. This is a result of no consistency, though he has shown up in spots, so we’ll see what happens at Comerica tonight. What I’ve been really impressed by is the progress of Casey Mize. As a No. 1 overall selection, this is to be expected, and nothing less and he’s going to look like a bust. Mize has an ERA of 3.41 and a 1.11 WHIP through 20 starts. He’s been the strongest at home with an ERA of 3.15 and a 1.16 WHIP.
No complaints with his recent work either, as Mize posted an ERA of 2.30 and a 0.89 WHIP in his last three attempts. The Red Sox offense has been stuck in mud as of late with an average of just 3.8 runs scored in their last six games. It has been nine games since the Red Sox have recorded more than 5 runs. Also note that Mize was strong against the Red Sox through 21 at-bats. The Red Sox are hitting .175 with 1 RBI against Mize. Detroit on the runline to keep this game within a run looks like a good bet.