Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers Free Pick

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The Oakland Athletics will be facing off against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. NBC Sports – California will broadcast this AL matchup. The first pitch will be at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers Odds

Vegas has listed Detroit (+100) as the underdog to Oakland (-110). Gamblers are able to wager on the games total with odds posted at -105 for over 9 runs and -115 for under 9. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds standing at Athletics -1.5 runs (+135) and Tigers +1.5 runs (-155).

The Athletics have gone 41-38 SU this year and are 36-42 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 2.0 units for gamblers taking the moneyline, despite having lost 7.4 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in six of those seven. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 36-43 SU and 42-36 ATS. The teams gained 5.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 0.1 units ATS. Detroit has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Tigers games have an over/under record of 33-43-2 so far in 2018. The Athletics have been a decent over bet with a total record of 40-34-4.

Frankie Montas will get the nod for the visiting Athletics. The right-handed Montas is 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA and 21 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Tigers are putting the ball in the left hand of Blaine Hardy (3-1, 3.30 ERA, 1.17 WHIP), who’s got 30 strikeouts and 10 walks. Hardy did not record a start against the Athletics in 2017.

Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.47 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 6.69 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.53, along with a K-per-9 of 8.68.

Athletics hitters have slashed .243/.315/.419 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.2 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 6.0 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Oakland’s hitters have been paced by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien, who have combined to belt 19 home runs. Lowrie is slashing .279/.335/.471 with 12 home runs, 51 RBIs and 32 runs scored, while Semien (.245/.299/.365) has produced seven homers, 30 RBIs and 44 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game overall this year. The clubs starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.33, a WHIP of 1.28 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2. The bullpen has a 4.68 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

Detroit’s offense has produced 4.1 runs per outing, including 3.2 per game over its last 10 games and 2.0 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .205/.250/.289 over its last five games and is 0-5 SU during that span.

The Tigers hitters have been led by right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is hitting .304/.348/.498 with 10 home runs, 44 RBIs and 39 runs scored, while Iglesias has produced a line of .274/.317/.392 with 72 hits, 28 RBIs, 26 runs and 12 stolen bases.

The Athletics have lost 3.1 units and are 14-14 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in 13 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 1.6 units and are 29-30 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 22 of those games, compared to 35 which went under the total.

Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Tigers, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • Oakland has tallied 16 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Detroit has eight XBH over its last five.
  • Oakland fielders have 11 errors over the last 10 games, compared to six errors for Detroit over its last 10.
  • The Athletics have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games. The Tigers have hit eight over their last 10.