He faces the doormat Tigers tonight at Fenway.
The Red Sox hope Fenway Park can help them snap out of a small funk when they face the lowly Tigers tonight behind Nick Pivetta (7:10 p.m, NESN).
Well, that stunk. The Red Sox have only lost two series this year, and both came against last-place teams in the Orioles and Rangers. The Tigers are also a last-place team but are an order of magnitude sorrier than the other ones and may present easier sledding than they did. Pivetta will look to continue his high-wire act, which, to his credit, has worked so well thus far that he clocks in with a 2.81 ERA. You love to see it! Michael Fulmer, who starts for the kittens, isn’t so bad himself, at 3.86, but it’s not Detroit’s starters that are the source of the team’s issues. The lineup is… not great. Miguel Cabrera, Aceves bless him, is still batting third, and you can imagine where it goes from there.
The Sox have Rafael Devers on the bench to start as he is nursing a sore shoulder, with Marwin Gonzalez in his place at third base. The rest is… below: