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Athletics at Tigers - 4/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (11-11) at Detroit Tigers (10-10)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)

C Bassitt (0-1) (4.44) vs. A Sanchez (2-2) (7.00)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -135 / Oakland Athletics +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSDT

The Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers end their four-game series Thursday afternoon.

The Oakland Athletics look for a win in order to get a game above a .500 record. The Athletics has to show improvement as they’ve allowed five or more runs in five of their last six games. The Oakland Athletics have allowed 17 runs this series and they’re 1-11 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads Oakland with 24 hits, Josh Reddick has 11 RBI and Khris Davis has three home runs. Chris Bassitt gets the nod, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.44 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. Bassitt is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.

Athletics at Tigers - 4/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Tigers also can get a game above .500 with a victory here. The Tigers have found their groove offensively once again as this is a team that’s 9-4 this season when scoring more than three runs. The Detroit Tigers have to produce offensively considering their pitching staff has an ERA of close to 4.00. Ian Kinsler leads Detroit with 28 hits, Victor Martinez has 15 RBI and J.D. Martinez has three home runs. Anibal Sanchez takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 7.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 1-2 with a 3.83 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 2-7 in their last 9 Thursday games and 1-6 in Bassitts last 7 road starts. The Tigers are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 12-5 in Sanchezs last 17 starts. The Tigers are 1-4 in Sanchezs last 5 starts vs. Athletics. 

Early games usually give the home team the advantage, and you have to like the way the Tigers are hitting the baseball. Add the fact Sanchez has been solid pretty much all year, and you have to like the Tigers at home. 

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Detroit Tigers -135

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