Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers – MLB, August 3rd, 2021

| August 3, 2021 4:19 am PDT

The Boston Red Sox are in action on Tuesday as they travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers. It’s a welcome “easy” game and series, as Boston is presently behind the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East.

Detroit may not just roll over, though. The Tigers have been a solid 30-24 at home on the year, and they bring a little pop to the table.

To get a good idea of which way to lean for this contest, read on for Tuesday’s Red Sox vs. Tigers betting pick and prediction.

Red Sox vs. Tigers Odds for August 3

Red Sox to Win-137
Tigers to Win+127
Over 10+105
Under 10-125

I’d be interested in this run line, but right now, I think there are two viable bets to target when Boston and Detroit wage war on Tuesday.

The Red Sox are the significantly better team, so getting them at -137 is obviously a bit of a steal. Detroit’s solid success at home makes them worth a glance as +127 home dogs, but Boston has also gone 30-22 on the road this year.

It’s worth noting that the Red Sox aren’t in amazing form, and they won’t have their best pitcher for this one.

Of course, neither side is scary in the pitching department. That plays into the 10 over/under, while this park is good for scoring typically, as well.

Boston and the Over stand out to me here, but as always, a closer look is required before making a call.

Red Sox vs. Tigers Game Preview

Garrett Richards toes the rubber for Boston on Tuesday. He hasn’t been very good for the Red Sox, as he enters with a 6-6 record and a weak 5.15 ERA.

Detroit actually ranks 18th in home runs on the year, and they’re 15th in scoring.

This is a tougher matchup for Richards than some would suggest, but he’s been way better outside of Fenway Park. This is actually a terrific strikeout matchup for him, as Detroit has whiffed the fourth-most times in the majors in 2021.

I certainly don’t trust Richards, but I won’t file a death sentence for him just yet. After all, Boston’s bats will be licking their chops just as much as they prepare to face Wily Peralta.

To be fair, Peralta has been rather serviceable for Detroit (3.64 ERA, 1.12 WHIP), and he’s allowed zero runs in over nine innings at home this year.

Of course, he’s gotten tattooed (7 HR allowed) in 32 innings on the road, so the small sample size at home may be helping him here. That could be troubling against Boston, who rank 4th in scoring and 11th in homers.

Red Sox vs. Tigers Pick for August 3

Ultimately, there are two obvious bets here. I think the Over is very much in play as a really nice secondary bet.

Richards has gotten blown up at times, Peralta is probably a bit of a ticking time bomb, both offenses can explode, and this is a good park for hitting.

Getting the Over at +105 looks good to me, but the safer bet is, without a doubt, Boston to simply get the win here.

Peralta isn’t a guy the Red Sox will fear, and he’s gotten away with a ton of fly balls over his last three outings.

I doubt that trend continues. Boston needs to rack up some wins to close out the year, and this looks like a smash spot. I like the Over, but I love the Red Sox at -137.

  • Red Sox to Win
Noah Davis
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  1. Malcom August 3, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Great article, love the ending!



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