The struggling Detroit Tigers will look to avoid losing their sixth straight game as they play host to the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. ET and MLB Network is in line to broadcast this AL matchup.
Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers Odds
Vegas is listing Detroit (-115) as the favorite over Oakland (+105). The total stands at 9.5 runs and bettors can take either the over or the under for -110. Gamblers can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at -200 for the Athletics +1.5 runs and +170 for the Tigers -1.5.
The Athletics are 40-38 SU and are 36-41 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 3.0 units for gamblers taking the moneyline, despite having lost 5.5 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in six of those seven. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 36-42 SU and 42-35 ATS. They’ve 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.
Detroit games have an over/under record of 32-43-2 so far in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 39-34-4.
Right-hander Edwin Jackson is projected to start for the visiting Athletics. Jackson has yet to pitch in the majors this season.
The Tigers are planning to start righty Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 4.95 ERA), who has 36 strikeouts and nine walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.24. 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 yielded 4.7 runs per game overall this season. The club’s 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.
Detroit’s offense is putting 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 team’s hit .205/.281/.261 over its last five games and is 0-5 SU during that span.
Right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias have led the Tigers’ offense this year. Castellanos is hitting .303/.348/.487 with nine home runs, 41 RBIs and 37 runs scored, and Iglesias is batting .270 with 70 hits, 28 RBIs, 26 runs and 12 steals.
In the other dugout, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.51 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 6.63 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.47, along with a K-per-9 of 8.68.
The Athletics offense has slashed .241/.314/.417 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).
Second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien continue to lead Oakland’s offense. Lowrie is slashing .281/.337/.465 with 11 home runs, 50 RBIs and 31 runs scored, while Semien (.247/.302/.369) has produced seven homers, 29 RBIs and 44 runs scored.
The Athletics have gained 5.2 units and are 22-28 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 27 of those games, compared to 21 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. 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 at Detroit Tigers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Tigers, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER
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.
The Oakland defense has allowed 12 errors over the last 10 games, compared to six errors for Detroit over its last 10.
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