Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

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The Detroit Tigers will face off against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will televise this AL showdown and the game gets going at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Detroit (+205) is the underdog to Oakland (-225) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at 9 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total sit at -115 for the under and -105 for the over. The game’s current runline odds sit at -105 for taking the Tigers +1.5 runs and -115 for the Athletics -1.5.

The Tigers are 47-64 SU and are 57-53 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle much this year, gaining 0.3 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having lost 4.0 units ATS. Detroit has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 66-46 SU and 57-54 ATS. The team has gained 24.1 units for moneyline bettors and 1.6 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in five of those seven.

Athletics games have an over/under record of 53-51-7 in 2018. The Tigers have been a great under bet with a total record of 44-62-4.

Francisco Liriano will get the nod for Detroit. The left-handed Liriano (3-5, 4.41 ERA) has racked up 70 strikeouts in 85.2 innings so far. This will be his first outing against Oakland this year. He did make two starts against the Athletics in 2017, posting a 1-0 record against them with a 4.63 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

The Athletics will put the ball in the right hand of Trevor Cahill (3-2, 3.39 ERA, 1.10 WHIP), who has 65 strikeouts and 22 walks this season. Cahill did not record a start against the Tigers in 2017.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 4.25, a WHIP of 1.24 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.5. The bullpen has a 3.34 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

Oakland’s offense is putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .280/.360/.480 over its last five games and is 5-0 SU during that stretch.

The Athletics’ hitters have been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Semien is slashing .258/.316/.370 with seven home runs, 39 RBIs, 61 runs and 12 stolen bases, and Lowrie’s line sits at .270/.350/.463 with 17 homers, 68 RBIs and 48 runs.

In the other dugout, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.26 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 7.36 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.39, along with a WHIP of 1.28 and a K-per-9 of 7.83.

The Tigers offense has slashed .241/.300/.378 on its way to 3.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias have paced Detroit’s offense. Castellanos is slashing .285/.338/.481 with 15 home runs, 58 RBIs and 57 runs scored. Iglesias is slashing .270/.310/.397 with four homers, 44 RBIs, 35 runs and 14 stolen bases.

The Tigers have lost 7.8 units and are 37-43 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 30 of those games, compared to 47 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 3.0 units and are 19-19 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has cashed in 17 of those games, compared to 17 that went under the total.

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Detroit has recorded 10 extra-base hits over its last five games. Oakland has 22 XBH over its last five.
  • Oakland has recorded 22.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 25.0 over its last five.
  • The Tigers have hit six home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 11 over their last 10.