The Boston Red Sox look to improve on their impressive record of 41-19 against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway. It’s been quite the start for the Red Sox, but winning the American League East isn’t going to be so simple. 41-19 would just about guarantee a lock for some divisions, but that’s not going to be the case out in the east. There’s another team that they’ve played one or two classics against over the last century, the New York Yankees, who are going to be biting at them from now to the end of the regular season.
And then if they were to meet in the postseason, it may not make for the most surprising ALCS, but it’d make for plenty of fanfare between two bitter rivals. The Astros could have something to say about that, or maybe even the Mariners who have been coming on hard this season. MLB is always good for one or two newcomers to the party, and perhaps the Mariners are going to be that team this year.
The Tigers are most likely not going to be one of those surprise teams in 2018. In any event, they are playing above expectations. This is a young team without much expectations, so they get to play loose with no pressure. The Tigers did help the Red Sox out yesterday by beating the Yanks in the late game of a double-header. No one is saying that the Tigers aren’t playing without any effort. Considering what they have, it hasn’t been that bad of a year. And considering how bad the AL Central is, the Tigers are still afloat at 29-32. Get our free Tigers vs. Red Sox pick below.
Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Artie Lewicki (0-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Steven Wright (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
Artie Lewicki will get his first start of the year and second start of his career. Lewicki made one spot start a year ago, as well as three appearances out of the bullpen. He didn’t showcase much, finishing with an ERA of 6.10 in 10.1 innings. In his lone start of 2017, which came way back in April of 2017, Lewicki was dinged for 11 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings of work against the Royals.
He looked more comfortable in the bullpen, and that’s where he started in for 2018. The longest he’s gone this season is 4 innings on May 16th against the Indians. He has had the opportunity to start in the minors, and it hasn’t gone well. Lewicki posted an ERA of 5.06 in six starts in Toledo.
Red Sox projected starter, Steven Wright, will also be getting his first start of the year. Unlike Lewicki, Wright has plenty of experience in the majors. However, Wright started the year in the bullpen, after failing to do much as a starting pitcher in 2017. This coming after a rather nice 2016 for Wright, a career-high ERA of 3.33.
The knuckleballer ultimately had his 2017 cut short due to a knee injury. He got only five starts, finishing with an ERA of 8.25. If the knuckleball isn’t dancing, it can be like hitting BP for batters at the plate. Needless to say, the ball wasn’t dancing for Wright. He allowed a whopping 9 long balls in only 24 innings. Wright has been good out of the bullpen this season, with a 2.25 ERA, but it’s been a while since he has had to pitch for more than a few innings. Tigers’ hitters have a positive history against Wright. They are hitting .371 off him in 35 at-bats. I expect Lewicki and Wright to both be on pitch counts this evening. I’m inclined to say there should be a healthy amount of runs put up on the board tonight at Fenway.