Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick - 10/8/13
Oakland Athletics (96-66) at Detroit Tigers (93-69)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm (Comerica Park)
Daniel Straily (R) (10-8) (3.958) vs. Doug Fister (R) (14-9) (3.684)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -165 / Oakland Athletics +155 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics hopes to advance to the ALCS with a win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
Oakland and Detroit leaned heavily on their pitching in the first two games of the ALDS but the Athletics broke out some lumber in game three for a 6-3 victory and a 2-1 series lead. The work on the mound held up their end of the bargain with Jarrod Parker allowing all three runs through five innings before three relievers shut down Detroit over the final four frames. The offense finally awoke with a ten hit, three walk attack that saw Seth Smith crack a two run homer while Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick clubbed solo homers. The scoring was a welcome sight for a team that scored a mere three runs in two games combined. Oakland sends Daniel Straily to the bump to tame the Tigers and send the A's to the ALCS. Straily gets his first taste of the postseason and could be the man for the job after finishing the season on a 4-1 run.
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Detroit and their heavy hitting lineup have put up plenty of runs throughout 2013 and were thought to have a decisive scoring advantage in their ALDS. The bats have yet to break through after three runs in Monday's losing performance gave Detroit just six runs through three games. The problem Monday is the work on the mound struggled with starter Anibal Sanchez allowing all six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 4.1 innings which I said was a possibility as he has come up short at times. The bats totaled seven hits and walked three times with Jhonny Peralta rapping a two run single while Victor Martinez doubled in another. The Tigers put their postseason hopes on the right arm of Doug Fister on Tuesday against Oakland in game four of the ALDS. Fister has been steady in 2013 with a 14-9 record and 3.67 ERA.
I think the pitching is relatively even with both guys capable of strong outings. My thought is the Detroit offense and I'd rather take my chances with the A's at better odds...