Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers Matchup

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The struggling Detroit Tigers are trying to avoid dropping their sixth in a row as they play host to the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. MLB Network is in line to showcase this AL matchup and the game is slated to get underway at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Oakland (+105) as the underdog to Detroit (-115). The total stands at 9.5 runs and bettors can take either the over or the under for -110. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds standing at -200 for the Athletics +1.5 runs and +170 for the Tigers -1.5.

The Athletics have gone 40-38 SU this year and are 36-41 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 3.0 units for moneyline bettors, despite having lost 5.5 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has hit in six of those seven. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 36-42 SU and 42-35 ATS. The team has gained 6.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.6 units ATS. Detroit has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven outings and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Tigers games have had an over/under record of 32-43-2 so far in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 39-34-4.

Edwin Jackson will get the start for the Athletics. The right-handed Jackson has yet to pitch in the majors this year.

The Tigers will put the ball in the right hand of Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 4.95 ERA), who has 36 strikeouts and nine walks as well as a 1.24 WHIP. Zimmermann only made one start against the Athletics in 2017 (0-0, 6.35 ERA and four strikeouts across 5.2 innings).

As a unit, Detroit’s pitchers have given up 4.7 runs per game overall this year. The clubs starters have an ERA of 4.38, a WHIP of 1.29 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2. The bullpen has a 4.58 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 8.3 K/9.

The Detroit offense has put up 4.1 runs per outing, including 3.3 per game over its last 10 games and 2.2 per game over its last five. The teams hit .205/.281/.261 over its last five matchups and is 0-5 SU during that stretch.

Outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias have paced the Tigers offense this year. Castellanos is hitting .303/.348/.487 with nine home runs, 41 RBIs and 37 runs scored, while Iglesias is hitting .270 with 70 hits, 28 RBIs, 26 runs and 12 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.51 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 6.63 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.47, along with a WHIP of 1.23 and a K-per-9 of 8.68.

Athletics hitters have slashed .241/.314/.417 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game this season, including 6.0 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 7.4 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Oakland’s hitters have been paced by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien, who have combined to swat 18 home runs. Lowrie is slashing .281/.337/.465 with 11 home runs, 50 RBIs and 31 runs scored. Semien is slashing .247/.302/.369 with seven homers, 29 RBIs and 44 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 5.2 units and are 22-28 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 27 of those games, as opposed to 21 that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 0.6 units and are 29-29 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 21 of those games, compared to 35 that’ve gone under.

Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Tigers, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Oakland has recorded 18 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Detroit has five XBH over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
  • Oakland has posted 23.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 27.4 over its last five.