Game 1 of the ALCS continues on Saturday night for the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Join us for our free MLB picks for Game 1 of this series, as these two teams battle it out at Fenway Park.
ALCS Game 1 Picks: Detroit Tigers @ Boston Red Sox
Date: Saturday, October 12th, 8:00 ET
Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Tigers vs. Red Sox Live TV: FOX
Detroit Tigers (Anibal Sanchez) +128
Boston Red Sox (Jon Lester) -135
The last time that we saw the Tigers pay a visit to Fenway Park, they were getting 20 runs dumped on them by the Red Sox. Things won’t nearly be as bad this time around, but just as it was clear at that point that this Boston team meant business, we’re going to find out the exact same thing on Saturday night in Beantown. The Tigers are a tired team, having traveled from Detroit to Oakland to Boston just to get ready for this game, and the rotation has to get kicked around a bit with RHP Justin Verlander pitching Game 5 to close out that series.
Forget about the fact that we are massively concerned about the Detroit defense. That’s a given. What we’re really concerned about is the fact that RHP Anibal Sanchez left balls up in the zone all night long against the A’s in Game 3 of that series, and if he is planning on doing that again in this one, it’s going to be a long night for the Detroit bullpen. The Tigers are also going to be going against a southpaw in LHP Jon Lester, and that’s not good news either. The best lefties in the game really dominated this squad this year, including when Lester allowed just one run in seven frames against RHP Max Scherzer earlier this year to hand him just his second of three losses on the season. There’s little way that we see Detroit winning this game, as the Red Sox are clearly the better side, they have the home field advantage on their side, and they have the better of the two pitchers on the mound. It’s definitely a recipe for tremendous success.
Tigers @ Red Sox Pick: Boston Red Sox -135
Tigers @ Red Sox Score Prediction: Red Sox 6 – Tigers 2