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Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick - 10/10/13

Detroit Tigers (93-69) at Oakland Athletics (96-66)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Justin Verlander (R) (13-12) (3.355) vs. Bartolo Colon (R) (18-7) (2.705)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +101 / Detroit Tigers -111 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds


The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics take the field at the O.co Coliseum in game five of their ALDS.

The Athletics pitching imploded in game four of the ALDS in an 8-6 defeat at Detroit on Tuesday to set up an all or nothing game number five. Oakland had a golden opportunity to put the Tigers away but choked away 3-0 and 4-3 leads. If the A's should drop game five this loss will stay with them for a long time. The pitching was a comple shambles after Daniel Straily left with three runs plated over six frames with Sean Doolittle taking the loss with two runs plated in 2/3 of an inning. Ryan Cook also allowed a pair of runs in 2/3 of a inning followed by another run plated on Brett Anderson which left the A's staring at an 8-4 deficit. The bats pounded out 12 hits and walked four times with Jed Lowrie smacking a two run bomb and driving in three runs while Yoenis Cespedes knocked in a pair in the 9th. Detroit hands the ball to Justin Verlander to propel his team in to the ALCS. Verlander did not receive a decision in a 1-0 loss in game two of the ALDS against Oakland with a four hit shut out over seven frames where he struck out eleven.

Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick - 10/10/13

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Perhaps Tuesday's offensive explosion was just what the punchless Tigers offense needed to kick start them going forward. One of the more explosive scoring teams in the entire game were quiet through three games before suddenly coming to life to erase a 4-3 hole with five runs plated in the 7th and 8th to knot the ALDS and avoid elimination. The relief pitching was bad but not as bad as Oakland's which is why we have a game five on Thursday. Doug Fister allowed three runs on seven hits through six frames to get a no decision while Max Scherzer picked up the win despite giving up a run on three hits and a BB in two frames. Joaquin Benoit was asked to protect an 8-4 lead in the 9th and was charged with two runs to make things uncomfortable. The bats totaled nine hits and walked three times with Jhonny Peralta clubbing a three run bomb to erase a 3-0 hole while Victor Martinez homerered and scored twice with Omar Infante adding a two run single. Team win leader Bartolo Colon draws the start in a decisive game five of the ALDS with Oakland. Colon dropped the opener of the series 3-2 with all three runs plated in the first frame of a six inning stint.

To be honest I don't trust either team right now but in my mind Verlander is still the ace of the Tigers rotation although he hasn't been his normal nasty self. However, three consecutive starts without allowing a run has me looking at Detroit...

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