Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick - 8/29/13
Oakland Athletics (75-57) at Detroit Tigers (77-56)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Jarrod Parker (R) (10-6) (3.582) vs. Max Scherzer (R) (19-1) (2.725)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -166 / Oakland Athletics +156 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, MLB
The Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers end their series in the Motor City on Thursday.
Oakland has been warming up and it might be just in time with the American League West and even the Wild Card chances beginning to look shaky. The Athletics are back on their feet after Wednesday's 14-4 rout of Detroit, their fourth win in five games. Both the bats and arms were impressive, with Daniel Straily allowing a single run on eight hits and a free pass in six frames to pickup the win. The A's launched a 21 hit attack that featured two homers and six RBI's from Brandon Moss, while Josh Donaldson and Eric Sogard drove in two runs apiece. Bartolo Colon is expected to come off the disabled list to face Detroit if his groin injury is 100%. Colon has dropped consecutive games, in which he gave up ten runs on 14 hits and four walks in 6.2 frames.
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Detroit is the best team in the American League Central and are trying to finish the season strong to hold off second place Cleveland. The Tigers aren't doing well at the moment, with three consecutive defeats following Wednesday's loss, which keeps the door open for the Indians. Starter Doug Fister struggled throughout his five innings, with seven runs given up on 13 hits and the bullpen unable to stop the bleeding. The Tigers plated a few late runs, but in the end, their 13 hits and two bases on balls fell well short, with Torii Hunter leaving the yard, while Alex Avila drove in two. The Tigers send Max Scherzer to the bump, who looks to up his record to an amazing 20-1. Career year describes Scherzer's 2013, as he has gone 7-1 over his last ten with a pair of no decisions.
The Tigers send their ace to the mound to face Colon, who has been fantastic in his own right. I'll back Detroit, but laying the juice with a 19 game winner still rubs me the wrong way...