DDetroit Tigers score defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-1 in the first game of the series
Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers score (1-2) (1-2)
When: Monday, 5:10 p.m.
Comerica Park is located in Detroit, Michigan.
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• BOX STATUS
Cloudy and 66 degrees with a 40% chance of rain, according to the first-pitch weather prediction.
RHP Matt Manning of the Tigers (4-7, 5.80 ERA in 2021) will face RHP Michael Wacha of the Red Sox (3-5, 5.05 ERA in 2021).
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Lineup for the Tigers:
1. Robbie Grossman, RF
2. Austin Meadows, LF
3. Javier Báez, SS
4. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
5. Miguel Cabrera, DH
6. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
7. Harold Castro, 1B
8. Tucker Barnhart, C
9. Akil Baddoo, CF
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Game notes: Red Sox Nation can finally relax as Boston beat the Yankees 4-3 on Sunday night, despite only scoring five hits. Bobby Dalbec homered with no outs in the top of the sixth inning, hitting a sinker from Clarke Schmidt (a name that seems worse than it really is) out to right field to break a 3-all tie.
The Tigers are really focused on winning games without getting many hits. In their walk-off triumph against the Chicago White Sox on Opening Day, they got eight hits – not bad — but just two came in the first seven innings. It’s unlikely that loading six hits into the last inning and a half (there were just two outs when the winning run came Friday) will happen again. See Saturday’s 5-2 defeat, in which the Tigers were restricted to two hits in the first five innings, and Sunday’s 10-1 loss, in which they had two hits for the whole game.
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OUR BURNING QUESTIONS:Will this be the year with the winning record?
But that was then, and now we’re talking about the future: The game is set for Monday afternoon/evening against the Red Sox and their starter, Michael Wacha, a former Tampa Bay Ray, New York Met, and St. Louis Cardinal. Since his All-Star season with the Cardinals in 2015, the righty’s numbers have dipped significantly, with just one sub-4 ERA since then. That was in 2018 (3.20), and since then, the ERAs have only grown crazier: 4.76 in 2019, 6.62 in 2020 (it was the Mets’ year, so it’s logical), and 5.05 last season.
Because he spent the most of his career in the National League, Wacha doesn’t have much experience against the Tigers’ squad. The Tigers’ current lineup is 13-for-58 (.224) against him, including reliever Drew Hutchison’s 0-for-1 performance in 2018, which seems unfair to include given that the DH is in both leagues.
However, if we had to select a Tiger to beat Wacha, it would be Javier Báez. He has a career.286/.348/429 slash line against Wacha, with three doubles, nine strikeouts, and two — TWO! — walks in 23 plate appearances. Not because he’s under the big-contract microscope this month, but because he has a career.286/.348/429 slash line against Wacha, with three doubles, nine strikeouts, and two — TWO! — walks. (We may also enjoy Eric Haase’s.500/.500/2.000 line against Wacha, which includes a single home run in two career plate appearances.)
Today’s game is the opening of a three-game series that begins at 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, the Tigers will be done with all the hosiery — a phrase we typically use for when our friends from Windsor cross the river — for a few weeks and go to Kansas City to play the AL Central-leading* Royals, who are 2-1 despite a minus-11 run differential, starting Thursday. At the very least, they have rookie sensation Bobby Witt Jr. to look forward to. Meanwhile, the Red Sox will return home to face the Minnesota Twins this weekend, culminating in their traditional 11:10 a.m. start on Patriots’ Day on Monday.
*The lone Royals fan on the FreepSports staff, who did not author this, claims it’s tied but it still counts.
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