Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick - 10/5/13
Detroit Tigers (94-69) at Oakland Athletics (96-67)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 9:07 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Justin Verlander (R) (13-12) (3.462) vs. Sonny Gray (R) (5-3) (2.850)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +115 / Detroit Tigers -125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics hope to avoid an 0-2 series hole against the visiting Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
Detroit won the American League Central crown in 2012 easily but this season was much more of a test with Kansas City and Cleveland making the Tigers work a bit harder. It wasn't easy in a 3-2 victory in game number one of the ALDS versus Oakland in which the offense jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead and then held on for dear life in a 3-0 victory. Detroit can thank Max Scherzer for this one as he allowed both runs over seven innings on just three hits while striking out eleven. The bats totaled ten hits with Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila driving in first inning runs with a DP ground plating another. Justin Verlander takes the ball Saturday looking to give the Tigers a 2-0 series lead Saturday. Verlander has not been his domint self in 2013 but has turned in four straight quality starts including back to back shutouts.
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The Athletics won the American League West in 2012 on the final day of the season and then were ousted in the opening round of the postseason. The A's had an easier time of it in capturing the division this year but struggled in the ALDS opener and are hoping this isn't a repeat of what happened a year ago. Bartolo Colon struggled in the first inning and that was the game with all three runs plated on ten hits through six innings pitched. The offense didn't hold up their end of the bargain with three hits and three bas on balls with Yoenis Cespedes tripling and slamming a two run homer. Rookie right hander Sonny Gray toes the rubber in Saturday's game two versus Detroit. Gray has gone 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA through ten starts and a pair of relief appearances over 64 innings pitched.
Verlander versus Gray will have every body in the world on the visitors but having too much confidence in Verlander isn't smart because he is beatable. Having said all that I'll back him and hope he is in top form...