Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

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The Detroit Tigers are paying a visit to Oakland to square off against the Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will showcase this AL showdown and the action gets underway at 9:05 p.m. ET.

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Oakland (-180) is hosting this one as the favorite over Detroit (+170) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs (+105 for the under and -125 for the over). Gamblers can also bet on the games spread with the runline odds standing at Tigers +1.5 runs (-130) and Athletics -1.5 runs (+110).

The Athletics are 64-46 straight up (SU) and 57-53 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 23.1 units for moneyline bettors and 2.6 units (ATS). Oakland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Tigers have gone 47-62 SU this year and are 56-53 ATS. Overall, the teams gained 1.4 units for moneyline gamblers, but have lost 5.0 units ATS. Detroit is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Oakland games have a 53-50-7 over/under record in 2018. Detroit has been a strong under bet with a total record of 44-61-4.

Jordan Zimmermann is getting the nod for the visiting Tigers. The right-handed Zimmermann (4-3, 4.44 ERA) has racked up 67 strikeouts in 71 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with three strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics are putting the ball in the hands of righty Edwin Jackson (2-2, 3.32 ERA), who has 32 strikeouts and 13 walks to his name, as well as a 1.08 WHIP. Jackson is 0-0 with seven strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in one start against Detroit this year.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 4.34, a WHIP of 1.25 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has a 3.41 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Oakland offense has produced 4.8 runs per contest, including 6.9 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over its last five. The teams hit .285/.369/.485 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Athletics batters have been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Semien is hitting .259/.317/.372 with seven home runs, 39 RBIs, 61 runs and 11 steals, while Lowrie’s line sits at .271/.352/.468 with 17 homers, 68 RBIs and 48 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starters own a 4.33 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.34 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.46, along with a K/9 of 7.84.

Tigers hitters have slashed .242/.302/.381 on their way to 3.9 runs scored per game this season, including 3.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.0 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Detroit’s offensive production has been sparked by right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is slashing .286/.340/.487 with 15 home runs, 58 RBIs and 57 runs scored. Iglesias (.268/.309/.392) is up to four homers, 44 RBIs, 35 runs and 13 stolen bases.

The Tigers have lost 7.8 units and are 37-43 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 30 of those games, compared to 47 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 21.2 units and are 38-35 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 36 of those games, as opposed to 34 that’ve cashed the under.

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in three of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • Detroit has posted 18.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.2 over its last five.
  • The Tigers have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 17 over their last 10.