Marcus Semien and the Oakland Athletics are paying a visit to Comerica Park to face the Detroit Tigers. MLB Network will be showing this AL matchup and the game gets going at 1:10 p.m. ET.
Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers Odds
Bookmakers have Oakland (-110) as the favorite over Detroit (+100). The total currently stands at 9.5 runs and bettors can play the over for +110 or the under for -130. This game currently has a runline of Athletics -1.5 (+135) and Tigers +1.5 (-155).
The Tigers are 18-23 straight up (SU) and 19-21 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 1.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 4.3 units ATS. The Athletics have gone 19-25 SU this year and are 17-27 against the spread. Overall, the club has lost 9.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline through the early part of the year and 11.8 units ATS.
Detroit games have an over/under record of 18-22 so far in 2019. Oakland has an over/under record of 22-20-2.
Right-hander Chris Bassitt is the projected starter for the visiting Athletics. Bassitt (1-1, 2.55 ERA) has racked up 31 strikeouts in 24.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts across six innings).
The Tigers will turn to righty Spencer Turnbull (2-2, 2.42 ERA), who’s got 44 strikeouts and 18 walks as well as a 1.21 WHIP. Turnbull did not record a start against the Athletics in 2018.
Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.51 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 6.96 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.03, along with a K/9 of 9.34.
The Athletics offense has slashed .236/.316/.396 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game in 2019, including 3.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).
Oakland’s offensive production has been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and outfielder Stephen Piscotty. Semien is slashing .275/.369/.398 with four home runs, 18 RBIs and 24 runs scored, while Piscotty (.251/.321/.398) has produced five homers, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored.
For the home team, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 5.0 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.36 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.
Detroit’s offense is putting up 3.4 runs per contest, including 3.1 per game over its last 10 games and 2.8 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .185/.273/.350 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.
The Tigers’ batters have been led by Miguel Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos. Cabrera is slashing .282/.349/.342 with 42 hits, 15 RBIs and 12 runs scored, and Castellanos has put up a line of .263/.314/.436 with three homers, 12 RBIs and 24 runs.
The Athletics have lost 12.4 units and are 10-21 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 15 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Tigers have netted 1.1 units and are 15-18 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 12 of those games, as opposed to 21 that’ve gone under.
Athletics at Tigers Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Tigers, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – UNDER
- The over has hit in just two of Oakland’s last seven contests.
- The Tigers have dropped four of their last five games SU.
- Detroit has recorded 15.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 14.4 over its last five.
- The Athletics have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.
- The Athletics have a total OPS of .712 this season and an OPS of .690 against right-handed pitchers. The Tigers’ OPS sits at .667 overall and .645 against righties.