MLB Picks: Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers

The Oakland Athletics (72-57) and Detroit Tigers (77-53) will open up a four-game American League series Monday night at Comerica Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:08 p.m. ET

Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera could potentially win the Triple Crown for a second consecutive season
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera could potentially win the Triple Crown for a second consecutive season

Oakland has dropped four of its last five games, including a 10-3 setback to the Baltimore Orioles as +101 road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Athletics are now just 16-18 since the All-Star break, which has placed them 2.5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West standings.  Offensively, the club is hitting .200 with runners in scoring position over its last 23 contests.  Oakland is 12-15 as road underdogs of +150 to +175 the last two-plus seasons, with no edge in terms of the betting total (12-12-3 Over/Under).

Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (10-9, 3.84 ERA) suffered a 5-3 home loss to the Seattle Mariners last time out, as he allowed four runs and five hits over six frames.  The right-hander is 5-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 13 road appearances, surrendering 17 home runs in 78.2 combined innings.  Griffin was handed a 12-2 road loss to the Tigers in his only career start against them on Sept. 18 of last season, as he allowed five runs and eight hits over 4.2 innings of work.

Detroit returns home after picking up a three-game sweep of the New York Mets, which included a 11-3 victory as -150 favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 7.5.  The Tigers are led offensively by third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who leads the majors with 128 RBIs and a .360 batting average, while only trailing Baltimore’s Chris Davis by four home runs in hopes of winning his second consecutive Triple Crown.  Detroit is 7-4 as home favorites of -150 to -175 this season, with the OVER going 6-4-1 in those 11 opportunities.

Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (11-7, 2.45 ERA) has led the club to six consecutive victories, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 7-1 home win over the Minnesota Twins last time out, as he allowed one run and six hits over 6.2 frames.  the right-hander is 7-2 with a 1.92 ERA in 10 home appearances, surrendering one home run in 70.1 combined innings.  In two career games versus the Athletics, Sanchez has tallied a 1-1 record and 4.26 ERA, with opposing hitters batting .196 against him.

Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 8-3 record as favorites of -151 to -200.

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