Detroit and Boston alternate victories and after four games the series is tied, with the Tigers playing the final match in front of their fans. The pressure is tremendous and they need to return to Boston with a slight advantage, because it is hard to believe that the Red Sox can lose twice at Fenway Park.
Odds: Winner Sports 2.05
Detroit won both games with starting pitchers that were credited with the second chance and despite stellar performances from their best starters, Boston won both games 1-0. A quick glance at the scoreboard will reveal some interesting facts, as both victories for the Tigers came at the end of games where at least six runs were scored. By contrast, when the game turned into a pitchers’ duel, the Red Sox emerged victorious and this is particularly worrisome ahead of this fifth game.
Anibal Sanchez and Jon Lester were brilliant in their previous outing and preventing opponents from scoring a single run, but unfortunately for Detroit the bullpen betrayed them. Sanchez deserved better than that after pitching for eight innings without allowing a single hit, something that not even Justin Verlander accomplished. David Ortiz remains the most dangerous foe for him, as the slugger went 3 for 3 throughout the regular season, although his bat went cold in the playoffs. In a tight match such as the opening one in the series, one spark from Ortiz could be enough to send the Tigers crashing.
Winner Sports and other bookmakers have slowly but obviously made the transition and are now crediting Detroit with the first chance for consecutive games. Whenever punters have the opportunity of backing the Red Sox at odds above even, they should do it without hesitations because in the worst-case scenario this will be a coin flip.