Updated 10/14/13: With each team drawing blood in upset fashion in the two games at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers know that they have a lot of work to do in what should be a fantastic series over the course of the rest of this week and perhaps into next week.
The Tigers have to be wondering what they are going to have to do in order to shut down these Red Sox. Boston’s batters were held without a single hit through 14 frames of this series before finally busting out. However, it wasn’t until the 17th inning between these two that the magic really happened. The Tigers squandered a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning of Game 2 by allowing DH David Ortiz to go yard with a grand slam. It was one of the most important hits in the history of Red Sox baseball, and that’s a heck of a lot of history that we’re talking about. If Boston goes on to win the World Series, Papi’s granny will be the iconic moment of the season. Detroit though, still has to remember that it has RHP Justin Verlander scheduled to pitch both Game 3 at Comerica Park and Game 7 at Fenway Park if necessary, and there is going to be one more game with RHP Max Scherzer out there as well. Win all of those games, and the rest of this is elementary. However, if Game 3 is lost, this could be a tremendously bad situation, as the series may never even get back to Boston.
The goal for the Red Sox has to be to figure out how to get two games out of three here in Motown to get this series back to Boston with two chances to get to the World Series. It is already very clear that the Sox don’t have the better starting pitching this series, and we haven’t even seen Verlander take the ball yet. That said, we said at the outset of this series that the bullpen was better for Boston and the bats were more clutch than those of the Tigers, and all of that is coming true as well. You’re not going to get no hit all that often in the second season, and we firmly believe that that won’t happen again to Boston any time in the near future. The Red Sox are clearly the better bet right now in our eyes at +105, as we think that they should get at least one of these next three games to at least flip home field advantage back the other way. There’s a better chance that the visitors are celebrating a trip to the World Series in Game 5 than the hosts are, though we do think that this will be a 3-2 series in favor of the boys from Beantown going back to Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox +105
Detroit Tigers -125