One day after St. Louis booked a place in the World Series, the Red Sox are trying to replicate that performance and avoid any unnecessary delays. They have a 3-2 lead over Detroit, but the Tigers will be using their best starting pitchers in the remaining two games, both of them to be played at Fenway Park.
Odds: Winner Sports 1.83
All three victories for the Red Sox were narrow margin ones, but for the first time in the series, Boston scored more than one run en route to securing victory. There is little to blame Detroit’s starting pitchers for, because most of the runs were conceded by players in the bullpen after Scherzer and Verlander were retired. This is exactly what the Red Sox will be counting on but in order to stay alive that far as to give their sluggers a chance to defeat Detroit’s bullpen, they need a stellar performance from Buchholz.
The starting pitcher didn’t let them down throughout the regular season and won 12 decisions while conceding just one and his earned run average is only slightly higher than his counterpart’s. Ortiz and Pedroia need to improve against the starters as they failed to even hit three of them, which greatly amplified the burden on their own rotation. The pressure on Scherzer is mounting and after losing his first start against the Red Sox, all eyes will be on him tonight when he pitches in a decisive game.
Boston needs to win one of the remaining two games, but they are unlikely to take the sixth match lightly, as this would compel them to defeat Verlander. Winner Sports is cautious when it comes to pricing a home victory, and all that punters will get is 1.83, which is just high enough to make the bet worthwhile.