Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/30/14
Oakland Athletics (50-30) at Detroit Tigers (44-33)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Scott Kazmir (L) (9-3) (2.664) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (5-2) (2.640)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -125 / Oakland Athletics +115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, FSN-DET
The Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers begin a three-game series on Monday night.
The A’s are coming off a sweep over the Miami Marlins and have won nine of their last 11 overall. The Athletics offense has been a scoring machine, producing four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. Josh Donaldson has five RBI in his last three games and Brandon Moss has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Athletics have won 18 of their last 20 games when scoring more than three runs. Scott Kazmir takes the hill, and he’s 9-3 with a 2.66 ERA and has 84 strikeouts in 98 innings. Kazmir is 5-5 with a 3.64 ERA in 14 career starts against the Tigers.
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The Tigers have won eight of their last 10 games and are 10 games above a .500 record. The Tigers offense is back to putting up runs consistently, as they’ve scored four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. Ian Kinsler has 17 hits in his last nine games and Torii Hunter has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.03, 22nd best in the league. Anibal Sanchez gets the nod, and he’s 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA and has 64 strikeouts in 75 innings. Sanchez is 1-1 with a 3.81 ERA in four career starts against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 13-3 in Kazmirs last 16 starts and 7-2 in Kazmirs last 9 road starts. The Tigers are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 20-8 in their last 28 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Tigers are 1-5 in Sanchezs last 6 starts vs. Athletics.
I like the Tigers at home considering the A's are traveling from Miami and playing on no rest. Sanchez should have a solid game and Detroit's bats should stay hot. Take the home team for cheap.