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The Red Sox are finishing up their three game series with Detroit today in Comerica Park. John Lackey (4-1) will be taking on Armando Galarraga (0-0). After a rocky start for Boston, the Red Sox have won 8 of the past 12 games, including a 7-6 loss to Detroit Saturday night in extra innings.
The Sox are coming off that harsh loss on Saturday in the 12th inning after walking in the winning run. The bottom line is that they need a victory, and who better to give it to them than Lackey. As long as the bats are swinging, and Lackey can go seven innings, I see the Red Sox winning Sunday’s game.
No one can tell yet, but it sure seems that David Ortiz is out of his slump after he homered twice in Friday’s game; his second two-homer game this month. Ortiz, who is fashionably known for slow starts the past few seasons, said after the game, “There are a lot of people out there who think they know a lot about baseball who seem to think the season ends in April. It doesn’t. It ends in October.”
Ortiz went 3-for-6 with 2 RBI in Saturday night’s loss, which is not a bad performance at all. With all the drama that has been going through David Ortiz lately, between performance enhancement drugs and the lawsuit between Jay-Z and his bar in New York, Ortiz is really starting to “wear his old clothes.”
I would go with the Red Sox money line of Red Sox, -150. Although they are on the road, they are favored to win. With Lackey on the mound, and the Sox due for a solid win, I see them winning by multiple runs to even cover the -1.5 spread.