The Boston Red Sox look to continue their great play as of late as they look for their eight win in their last nine games. After sweeping the American League Central last place team the Chicago Whitesox the Red Sox look to continue that against the Detroit Tigers. The big question is if reigning American League Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera will play in this series after resting the past few games due to injury. Cabrera has hit .418 with five homers and 18 RBIs in his last 13 games against Boston, going 8 for 15 as Detroit took three of four June 20-23 in the teams' first series.
In this series I give the slight edge to the Boston Red Sox due to their bullpen as I project all three games will be kept close. It's a nice preview for the fans as we should be seeing both of these teams in October as the division winners if they stay in the same positon throughout the final month of the season. Wednesday night they will be featured on ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball where Ryan Dempster returns to the stage seemingly without any controversy in this series. If Miguel Cabrera can play all three games I give the Tigers a solid chance at taking two of three from the Red Sox.
Monday: John Lackey (8-11, 3.19 ERA) vs. Doug Fister (11-7, 3.81 ERA)
Tuesday: Jon Lester (12-8, 3.99 ERA vs. Max Scherzer (19-1, 2.90 ERA)
Wednesday: Ryan Dempster (7-9, 4.75 ERA) vs.Rick Porcello (11-7, 4.44 ERA)
Series Prediction: The Red Sox will take this series behind strong pitching from Jon Lester, John Lackey and Ryan Depster. It seems the game the Red Sox will falter in is the middle game of the series on Tuesday night against AL CY Young favorite Max Scherzer. The American League East lead should still be at 5.5 games at the end of Wednesday's game.
- This series puts the two best offenses against each other in terms of runs scored and batting average. Pitching will be the key to see who comes out on top in this series as both teams will score plenty of runs. Jose Iglesias makes his return to Boston after being traded from the Red Sox to the Tigers the day before the Trade Deadine.