Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Los-angeles-dodgers-boston
9 a.m. EST: It was a tough night for Boston sports fans on Saturday night, but if anything can lift the spirits of New Englanders, it’s a Red Sox afternoon win. The pressure will be on Felix Doubront on Sunday afternoon as the Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in the final game of the two teams’ four-game series. Boston will have a chance to split the series as Detroit won Games 1 and 3 on Thursday and Saturday respectively. On the hill for the Tigers is former Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander. The 30-year-old starter hasn’t been as dominant this season as in years past, but a 3.72 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 92 innings is still good for an 8-5 record. Verlander is striking batters out at the highest rate of his career at 10.4 per nine innings, but he’s also walking more batters than he has since 2008, when he had a league-worst 17 losses. Verlander’s WHIP is all the way up to 1.348 this season — from 1.057 in 2012 and 0.920 in 2011, his Cy Young and MVP year. The advanced stats suggest that Verlander will rise again this season. His FIP and xFIP are down from years past (that’s fielder independent pitching and expected fielder independent pitching). And his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is .344. The mean BABIP is right around .300, and Verlander’s is usually at least 15 points below that mark, so Verlander’s high BABIP means that there’s some bad luck involved in Verlander’s poor stats. Red Sox fans will hope that Verlander’s poor luck continues (or at least the news that his former girlfriend was spotted with Blake Griffin will distract him). Keep it here for all the latest on Sunday’s afternoon game. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:08 p.m. EST (and not a minute earlier or later).
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurism

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.