Green MonsterDetroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox ALCS Game 2 Free Pick: It’s going to be tough for the Boston Red Sox to get from here all the way to the World Series, as they are down 0-1 and are facing a couple very tough tasks over the course of the next few days. It starts in Game 2 with the Detroit Tigers, who are hoping to put a chokehold on this series on Sunday night.

The Sox, needing this game in the worst of ways, has not surprisingly opened up as a -113 favorite on the MLB playoff odds. Today though, we are more focused on the ‘total’, which has been lined at 7.

Tigers vs. Red Sox Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Tigers vs. Red Sox Live TV Coverage: FOX
MLB Odds at JustBet (100% Deposit Bonus) : Tigers +106 / Red Sox -113 (Total: 7)

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The Red Sox know that this might be a do or die game, and we would much rather see RHP John Lackey on the mound than RHP Clay Buchholz. Alas, this is the situation that we’re in, and we aren’t so sure that it is going to work that well. Buchholz got himself into all sorts of trouble against the Tampa Bay Rays last week, as he allowed three runs on one swing of the bat against 3B Evan Longoria, and he got himself into all sorts of other trouble that he worked his way out of. He won’t be so lucky against this Detroit lineup, which managed nine hits but only one run last night in Game 1.

The Tigers are countering with RHP Max Scherzer, and we aren’t all that sure that he really has the goods in this game to be able to keep runs from getting on the board. He allowed a pair of runs to the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the ALDS, and in relief in Game 4, he got into some trouble and went from what should have been the losing pitcher to the winning pitcher after he got out of a bases load, nobody out jam. That said, this is a much different challenge against a Boston team that is one of the few to beat him this year. Scherzer could end up getting into some trouble early, as we do think that this is going to be a much better game for the bats of the boys with the beards. Alliteration aside, we do believe that the Red Sox are going to get four or five on the board tonight, and that should push this game beyond the number. We’re much more comfortable with the idea of both teams scoring three runs than we are with the idea that Boston is going to win this game.

Tigers vs. Red Sox Free Pick for October 13th: Over 7


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