Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick - 10/7/13
Oakland Athletics (96-66) at Detroit Tigers (93-69)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm (Comerica Park)
Jarrod Parker (R) (12-8) (3.975) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (14-8) (2.571)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -150 / Oakland Athletics +140 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The ALDS heads to the Motor City where the Detroit Tigers host the Oakland Athletics.
I'm willing to bet that if you told Oakland before the ALDS series began that they would have just three runs after two games they would be thinking the series would be 0-2. However, the Athletics pitching has saved the day and kept the heavy hitting Tigers to three runs as well. Game two's pitching star was Sonny Gray who tossed a four hit shut out over eight innings while striking out nine in a no decision performance. Grant Belfour picked up the win with a scoreless 9th when Oakland finally pushed across a run. The A's had a few chances on eight hits and a pair of walks but broke through when Stephen Vogt lashed a bases loaded single to plate Yoenis Cespedes. Oakland turns to Jarrod Parker to contain the heavy hitting lineup of the Tigers Monday in game three of the ALDS. When Parker is on he is tough with eight quality starts in his last ten where he has gone 5-2.
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Aside from a three run first in game one the vaunted Detroit offense has been stuffed and has left the pitching to carry the load. Few could argue the work on the mound has not held up their end of the bargain with three runs allowed in two games following a 1-0 defeat at Oakland in game two of the ALDS that knotted the series 1-1 heading back to Detroit. Justin Verlander looked to be in Cy Young form with a four hit shut out over seven innings while striking out eleven. Al Alburquerque loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th and was saddled with the loss when Rick Porcello came on and gave up a two out single. The Tigers bats managed just four hits and walked twice and have been held scoreless for 17 innings. Detroit is scheduled to go with Anibal Sanchez on the mound Monday in game three of their ALDS with Oakland. Sanchez has recorded eight quality starts in his last ten outings where he is 5-1.
I am favoring Detroit but won't play them because they can't hit a beach ball and something tells me not to have too much faith in Sanchez who can go flat when least expected...