Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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).
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season


Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

Shanahan: injuries are not why Robert Griffin III struggles

Kyle Korver ruled out for remainder of playoffs

Randy Moss attends cancer survivor's graduation

Roger Staubach shares thoughts on Greg Hardy

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

French Open Women's preview: Who will make the quarters?

WATCH: Bryan Price gets ejected before game starts

WATCH: Vin Scully narrates fan's marriage proposal

WATCH: Harper, Matt Williams have special handshake

The Yankees are succeeding despite the numbers

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.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

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

Company Info
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.