It’s Opening Day in Detroit today, whether the weather is going to cooperate or not. While there shouldn’t be a rainout this afternoon, it should be a little chilly and windy for the opener between the Boston Red Sox and Tigers.
There is the possibility of flurries in the forecast, so it’s feeling more like a postseason game in October than a spring April game. The weather is supposed to improve over the weekend luckily, so it’s not going to be totally miserable throughout this series.
The Tigers haven’t had the best weather to start the season, as they’ve already experienced two postponed games in Chicago against the White Sox. Yesterday had to feel like a day off for the Tigers, getting dismantled by a score of 11-2. Detroit finished their first series of the year with a split, as they head into their home opener this afternoon vs the Red Sox.
Boston had no problems traversing the Pittsburgh Pirates in a couple of games, beating them 5-3 and 3-0. Game 3 was postponed yesterday, as less than ideal weather conditions have plagued some of the country in the first week of the regular season.
Warm and sunny skies will be here soon enough though, so let’s get past this phase and cash some winning picks in the process. The Tigers’ rookie phenom, Michael Fulmer, gets the call for the home opener after a brilliant showing last season. The Red Sox counter with knuckleballer, Steven Wright. Get our free Red Sox vs. Tigers pick here at The Sports Geek.
Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Pick
Steven Wright (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Michael Fulmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Fulmer was a beast in the Tigers’ rotation, posting an ERA of 3.06 in his first season. He was breaking records early, including the scoreless record for innings pitched. You could tell that he was tiring as the year went on, with his numbers slipping just a tad. For a rookie who never had that kind of workload, it was expected he was going to regress somewhat. With a year under his belt, it’s going to be interesting to see what kind of production he churns out.
Wright will do his best to outduel Fulmer. Wright hasn’t had the best history against the heavy hitters on the Tigers. Note that Miguel Cabrera has a long ball and .500 batting average, Castellanos and Tyler Collins also have hit Wright for a .500 average. Jose Iglesias has also tamed his knuckleball, hitting him for a .750 batting average.
Wright was bombed for 8 runs in 4.2 innings in his last outing against the Tigers last July. The knuckleball is either on or it’s way off. On that day it was way off for Wright. I can’t envision the knuckler working out too well for him this afternoon in poor conditions.
I expect Wright to put plenty of runners on the bases, allowing the Tigers to score some easy runs at Comerica Park. Look for the Tigers to have a big day in their first day at their office in Detroit. Fulmer gets off to a nice start, and the Tigers pick up a win for us on the diamond.
PICK: TIGERS (-120)