The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers will head into their third game of the four-game series on Sunday. The Red Sox will look to avoid three straight losses, while the Tigers will look to frustrate the Red Sox some more.
I must admit, don’t expect to find a powerhouse Red Sox unit this year. They should compete for a spot in the postseason, but beyond that don’t expect much. There are going to be too many holes to overcome, in my opinion.
Taking a bat of the calibre of David Ortiz out of the lineup is a considerable gap to replace. In fact, it’s a spot in the lineup that could take a decade to replace. Ortiz is not a player that you can just simply plug-in with a new player and expect the same results.
Additionally, the pitching, notably the bullpen does is not going to scare off too many hitters this season. The idea of them completely falling off the map is probably not going to happen, but they’re going to have to claw and fight to find the postseason in 2017.
The former Detroit Tiger, Rick Porcello, will assume the starting duties on the hump for the Red Sox this afternoon. Porcello enjoyed considerable success as a Tiger, and turned it into a lucrative contract as a member of the Red Sox.
He hasn’t just been cashing paychecks without doing any work, though, Porcello has fit in well in Boston. We seek our 5th winning baseball pick in a row today, head below for the Red Sox vs. Tigers pick.
Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Pick
Rick Porcello (1-0, 4.26 ERA) vs. Daniel Norris (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Red Sox started the season off with two wins in a row, but quickly threw them away in Detroit. They enter Sunday with a record of 2-2 on the diamond. Porcello will be making his second start of the season, where the first could have been better, but not the worst either. Note that he gave up a 4.26 ERA but it was with a 1.11 WHIP, so it was better than his ERA indicates. Porcello is coming off a year where he posted an ERA of 3.16.
The Tigers send Daniel Norris out to counter Porcello, who is looking for a breakout campaign in 2017. Norris has shown some talent, but I’m sure he wishes he was going into this season under different circumstances. Note that Norris threw a 3.38 ERA a year ago in 2016, setting up what could be a big season for him.
However, Norris has been battling arm fatigue and had to take care late in spring training. Not a good sign at all for a young guy who is supposed to eventually become a budding contributing member of the rotation. It’s April 9th and Norris is already complaining of arm fatigue? Yeah, good look lasting to September. This should present an opportunity for the Red Sox to take advantage of Norris and avoid the sweep. The Red Sox take this pick on Sunday in the series finale at Comerica.
PICK: RED SOX (-130)