Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (10-10) at Detroit Tigers (9-9)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
R Hill (2-2) (3.32) vs. M Pelfrey (0-3) (6.13)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -130 / Oakland Athletics +120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, CSCA
On Tuesday evening at Comerica Park, the MLB is bringing us game two of an early-week series between the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers.
Back on Monday evening in game one, the Tigers scored four times in the fifth inning on the way to a 7-3 victory, which got them back to .500 on the season (and sent Oakland back to .500 from the other direction).
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For Tuesday’s matchup, the A’s will be bringing out left-hander Rich Hill. In his four starts this season, Hill has a 2-2 record with a 3.32 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 29 strikeouts. On Thursday in his most recent appearance, Hill posted a nice effort against the Yankees, striking out 10 while allowing just one earned over six innings.
The Oakland lineup has been pretty solid across the board this season, and boasts a few standout players. Jed Lowrie leads the way on 21 hits with 10 RBI this year, while Josh Reddick has provided some solid power with four homers, eight runs and 11 RBI. Despite their tepid averages, Marcus Semien and Chris Coghlan have delivered some nice power as well, with eight homers and 17 RBI between them. Semien went 1-for-4 on Monday (.190 BA) and Coghlan whiffed on an 0-for-3 outing (.182 BA).
The Tigers will be looking toward right-hander Mike Pelfrey for Tuesday’s matchup. Pelfrey is coming off a pretty sketchy outing on Thursday against the Royals, giving up three earned (four total) in five innings against the Royals. That was Pelfrey’s third loss of the season in three starts, and gives him a 3.68 ERA with a bloated 2.18 WHIP.
Pelfrey will look to his Detroit batting order to keep himself afloat here, as the team carries some very familiar names. Ian Kinsler has been a dynamo so far, with 25 hits, 15 runs and 12 RBI. Kinsler was a scratch on Monday, however, due to flu-like symptoms. Nick Castellanos has provided 21 hits with eight runs, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia has bashed six homers with 15 RBI. Team star Miguel Cabrera, meanwhile, has struggled a bit with just two homers and a .254 BA. That said, Cabrera broke out on Monday with a 4-for-4 outing that included a homer and four RBI.
The Athletics are just 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games, but 5-2 in their last seven games against a starter with a WHIP higher than 1.30. Over on the Detroit side, they’re 6-2 in their last eight Tuesday games, but 0-4 in their last four games against a starter with a WHIP higher than 1.30.
This could turn into a sloppy pitching outing, leading to high run totals on both sides. The over is probably the safest play here, but I’ll take Oakland as well given Pelfrey’s struggles thus far.