Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics
The Detroit Tigers and the Oakland A’s face off on Monday in Detroit in a game between two teams with their sights set on the post-season. The Tigers are -165 favorites over the A’s with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Detroit Tigers are having their way with the AL Central and they also have the best record in the AL. The Tigers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 41-23 at home this season, and they have a six game lead in the division. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .282 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .360, Jhonny Peralta hitting .305, and Torii Hunter hitting .303. As a team the Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.49 with the starters at 3.41 and the bullpen at 3.68. For game one against the A’s, the Tigers start Anibal Sanchez, who has won his last four decisions. For the season Sanchez has allowed 117 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 152 over 139.2 innings for an 11-7 record and a 2.45 ERA.
The Oakland A’s have been treading water of late, but they are still holding down the second Wildcard spot in the AL West. The A’s are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 33-32 on the road this season, and they are 2.5 games back in the AL West. As a team, the A’s are hitting .244 with Josh Donaldson hitting .292, Jed Lowrie hitting .288, and Coco Crisp hitting .254. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.65, with the starters at 3.90 and the bullpen at 3.12. For game one against the Tigers, the A’s start A.J. Griffin who has lost his last two decisions. For the season Griffin has allowed 144 hits and 70 earned runs while striking out 130 over 164 innings for a 10-9 record and a 3.84 ERA.
Detroit is 26-9 in their last 35 games, 19-6 following a win, and 6-0 in Sanchez’s last six starts. Oakland is 20-9 in their last 29 games one of a series, 2-10 in their last 12 games as an underdog, and 8-3 in Griffin’s last 11 starts. Oakland is 1-4 in their last five games in Detroit.
The A’s have not been at the top of their game of late and if they were, I would give them a solid chance of winning here, but they aren’t so I give the Tigers the nod.
Detroit Tigers -165 Oakland Athletics