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The Oakland Athletics will take on the Detroit Tigers in a Saturday day game. NBC Sports – California will televise this AL showdown. The game is scheduled to get underway at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Detroit (receiving -110 odds) is favored over Oakland and Vegas has the Over/Under for this one at 9 runs (-105 for the over and -115 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds coming in at Athletics +1.5 runs (-210) and Tigers -1.5 runs (+175).

The Tigers are 18-25 straight up (SU) and 19-23 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 0.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.5 units ATS. On the other hand, the Athletics have gone 21-25 SU this year and are 18-27 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 8.3 units for moneyline gamblers in the season’s early going and 10.8 units ATS.

Detroit games have an over/under record of 19-23 thus far in 2019. The Athletics have an over/under record of 23-20-2.

The right-handed Daniel Mengden is the projected starter for the visiting Athletics. Mengden (0-1, 6.75 ERA) has recorded four strikeouts in 5.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Tigers will turn to lefty Matthew Boyd (4-3, 3.15 ERA), who’s got 65 strikeouts and 13 walks, in addition to a 0.99 WHIP. Boyd did not record a start against the Athletics in 2018.

As a unit, Detroit’s pitching staff has allowed 5.4 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starters have an ERA of 4.55, a WHIP of 1.33 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.2. The bullpen has a 5.76 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 7.9 K/9.

Detroit’s hitters are putting up 3.4 runs per contest, including 2.4 per game over its last 10 games and 2.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .161/.235/.290 over its last five games and is 0-5 SU during that stretch.

Miguel Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos have led the Tigers’ hitters this year. Cabrera is slashing .290/.358/.361 with 45 hits, 16 RBIs and 13 runs scored, while Castellanos has put up a line of .256/.305/.421 with three homers, 12 RBIs and 25 runs.

In the other dugout, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.28 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7.11 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.16, along with a WHIP of 1.23.

Athletics hitters have slashed .240/.320/.409 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game this year, including 4.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Marcus Semien and right fielder Stephen Piscotty have led Oakland’s offense. Semien is hitting .265/.359/.398 with five home runs, 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored, while Piscotty (.258/.335/.404) has produced five homers, 19 RBIs and 22 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 3.2 units and are 7-6 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in seven of those games, compared to six that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 0.8 units and are 15-20 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 13 of those games, compared to 22 which went under the total.

Athletics vs. Tigers MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in five of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have a team OPS of .729 this season and an OPS of .829 against left-handed pitchers. The Tigers’ OPS stands at .660 overall and .764 against lefties.
  • The Tigers have dropped six of their last seven games SU.
  • Oakland has posted 21.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 26.2 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games, including 13 over their last five.