MLB Picks: Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics
The Detroit Tigers (28-19) and Oakland Athletics (31-20) will continue an American League series Tuesday night at the O.co Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET
Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics
Detroit has lost seven of its last eight games, including a 10-0 setback to Oakland as +115 road underdogs Monday, while going OVER the betting total for the eighth time in that span. The Tigers will be led by designated hitter Victor Martinez offensively, who is 7 for 12 in his last three games, while Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 5 versus tonight’s opposing starter in last year’s playoffs. Detroit is 3-3 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with no clear edge in terms of the total (3-3 Over/Under).
Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (6-1, 2.59 ERA) watched the club lose for the first time in his last seven outings last week, but he didn’t factor into the decision of a 11-10 road defeat to the Cleveland Indians. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA in five road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .263 against him (.180 at home). Including the postseason, Scherzer has tallied a 2-0 record and 1.82 ERA in his last four outings at this ballpark.
Oakland snapped a four-game losing streak with yesterday’s triumph—scoring more than three runs for the first time in seven affairs. Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has homered in each of his last two games, but he’s 1 for 12 with five strikeouts versus Scherzer. Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 22-17 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 24-14 in that situation.
Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray (5-1, 1.99 ERA) watched the club suffer a 5-2 road setback to the Tampa Bay Rays in his last trip to the mound, as he didn’t earn a decision in allowing a single run and five hits over eight frames. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA in five home efforts—issuing 13 walks and striking out 25 batters in 32 combined innings. Gray is the only AL qualifier with a sub-2.00 ERA, while he went 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in pitching Games 2 and 5 of the ALDS at home versus the Tigers a year ago.
Sports bettors will likely back the Athletics due to their 4-1 record after shutting out an opponent this season.