Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/1/14
Oakland Athletics (51-30) at Detroit Tigers (44-34)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Brad Mills (L) (1-0) (4.356) vs. Rick Porcello (R) (10-4) (3.502)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -125 / Oakland Athletics +115 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, FSN-DET
The Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers will play again Tuesday night.
The Athletics have won nine of their last 12 games and are 20 games above .500. The Athletics have scored four or more runs in 13 of their last 15 games and have won 10 of their last 13 when that’s the case. Josh Donaldson has nine RBI in his last nine games and Brandon Moss has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Athletics have the second best ERA at 3.16. Brad Mills takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA and has eight strikeouts in 10.1 innings. This will be Mills’ first career game against the Tigers.
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The Tigers have won nine of their last 11 games and are finally starting to hit their stride. The Tigers have scored four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games and have won 11 of their last 13 games when that’s the case. Rajai Davis hit a walkoff grand slam in Monday’s win and Ian Kinsler has 18 hits in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Tigers have the 23rd best ERA at 4.06. Rick Porcello gets the nod, and he’s 10-4 with a 3.41 ERA and has 62 strikeouts in 97.2 innings. Porcello is 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 10 career games against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 7-1 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter and 1-5 in their last 6 games as a road underdog. The Tigers are 7-2 in Porcellos last 9 starts as a home favorite and 22-7 in Porcellos last 29 starts overall.
You have to go with Porcello at home. He's been great all season, while Mills hasn't provided us much of a sample size to trust him against such an explosive offense. I'm taking the home team.