Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 31, 2024

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May 31, 2024 6:11 AM
The Detroit Tigers, currently leading the series 1-0, travel to Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox on Friday, May 31, 2024, at 7:10 PM. The Tigers, with a 28-28 overall record and 14-13 on the road, look to build on their series lead against a Red Sox team struggling at home with an 11-16 record. In a crucial matchup, both teams will be fighting for a crucial win.
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Tigers vs Red Sox starting pitchers

  • Tanner Houck for Boston Red Sox
  • Kenta Maeda for Detroit Tigers

Tigers vs Red Sox statistics

Stat Tigers Red Sox
Hits 435 (Tied-20th) 465 (10th)
Batting Average .235 (19th) .243 (13th)
Runs Batted In 225 (15th) 236 (Tied-10th)
Runs 235 (Tied-17th) 244 (13th)
Home Runs 48 (Tied-23rd) 58 (Tied-12th)
Walks 168 (21st) 174 (15th)
Stolen Bases 22 (29th) 46 (10th)
Strikeouts 481 (11th) 539 (3rd)
Pitches 8082 (17th) 8224 (12th)

Boston Red Sox recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/30/24 vs Detroit Tigers L 5-0
5/29/24 @ Baltimore Orioles L 6-1
5/28/24 @ Baltimore Orioles W 8-3
5/27/24 @ Baltimore Orioles L 11-3
5/26/24 vs Milwaukee Brewers W 2-1

Detroit Tigers recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/30/24 @ Boston Red Sox W 5-0
5/29/24 vs Pittsburgh Pirates L 10-2
5/29/24 vs Pittsburgh Pirates W 8-0
5/26/24 vs Toronto Blue Jays W 14-11
5/25/24 vs Toronto Blue Jays W 2-1

Tigers vs Red Sox predictions

As the Detroit Tigers gear up to face the Boston Red Sox, eyes are on some key players who are expected to make a significant impact. Javier Baez, known for his dynamic plays, might just give the Tigers that offensive spark they've been looking for, especially in clutch moments. Given his current form, I'd say Baez is positioned to get a few hits and possibly rack up an RBI or two. Additionally, with Kenta Maeda on the mound, the game could take an interesting turn. Maeda has had a rocky season, but his strikeout ability shouldn't be underestimated. If he finds his rhythm early, he might just put in a strong five innings, helping keep the Red Sox hitters at bay.

Flipping over to the Boston Red Sox, there's a lot of buzz around Rafael Devers and Tanner Houck. Devers has been swinging a hot bat, and his ability to connect and drive in crucial runs can't be ignored. With his knack for making solid contact, I anticipate him to keep up his momentum and contribute significantly in this game. On the pitching side, Tanner Houck has been a standout this season, evident from his impressive ERA and WHIP. His knack for shutting down high-caliber hitters could really come into play, especially against a Tigers lineup that's had its struggles. Expect Houck to rack up several strikeouts and deliver a strong performance on the mound.

Given the current form of both teams and considering the pitching matchup, the Boston Red Sox seem to have the edge in this encounter. Houck’s commanding presence on the mound might prove too much for the Tigers' hitters, while the Red Sox hitters, especially with Devers at the bat, are likely to capitalize on any opportunity given. All things considered, my pick for this game leans towards a win for the Boston Red Sox, further solidifying their position this season as they look to climb the standings.

Boston Red Sox injuries

  • Roberto Perez (C): Day-To-Day
  • David Sandlin (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Isaiah Campbell (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Brandon Walter (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Zach Bryant (RP): Day-To-Day

Detroit Tigers injuries

  • Eddys Leonard (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Ryan Kreidler (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Luis Santana (3B): Day-To-Day
  • Shelby Miller (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Brendan White (RP): Day-To-Day

Tigers vs Red Sox game info

Venue Fenway Park
Location Boston, Massachusetts
First pitch Fri 7:10 PM
Temperature 71°
Chance of Rain 22%

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