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Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics ALDS Game 1 Free Pick 10/4/13

Oakland Athletics (96-66) vs. Detroit Tigers (93-69)

MLB Baseball: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Max Scherzer (R) (21-3) (2.897) vs. Bartolo Colon (R) (18-6) (2.648)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -106 / Detroit Tigers -104 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


The Detroit Tigers and the Oakland A’s face off on Friday in Oakland as they meet for game one of their ALDS.

The Detroit Tigers led the AL Central for most of the season but they ended up just one game ahead of the Indians when all was said and done. The Tigers lost their last three games to end the season, were 42-39 on the road, and they outscored their opponents by 172 runs. As a team the Tigers are hitting .283 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .348, Torii Hunter hitting .304, and Victor Martinez hitting .301. For game one at Oakland the Tigers start probable Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer who is 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three starts.

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Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics ALDS Game 1 Free Pick 10/4/13

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The Oakland A’s don’t get it done with magic but they are unlikely two time consecutive winners of the AL West. The A’s were 4-3 against the Tigers this season winning once at home and three in Detroit. Oakland was 7-3 to close the season, 52-29 at home this year and they outscored their opponents by 142 points. As a team the A’s are hitting .254 with Josh Donaldson hitting .301, Jed Lowrie hitting .290, and Alberto Callespo hitting .270. For game one of the ALDS the A’s start Bartolo Colon who is 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA for the season and 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his last three starts.

Detroit is 4-1 against the AL West, 2-5 in their last seven games, 0-4 in their last four playoff games, and 11-4 in Schezer’s last 15 road starts. Oakland is 7-1 in their last eight games as an underdog, 24-9 in their last 33 games, 2-7 in their last nine playoff games, and 26-10 in Colon’s last 36 starts.

Oakland is a pitcher’s park with large foul territories which makes balls that are out of play in most stadiums catchable outs and that plays to the under in this one as we have two of the top pitchers in baseball so the under is my free pick. I also have a play on the winning team and I will post the winner of this game in the Premium Area. 

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