Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/26/14
Detroit Tigers (28-17) at Oakland Athletics (30-19)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Max Scherzer (R) (6-1) (2.591) vs. Tom Milone (L) (2-3) (3.992)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -109 / Detroit Tigers -101 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, CSN-CA
The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will begin a four-game series on Monday afternoon.
The Tigers just lost three of four games to the Texas Rangers and have lost six of their last seven games overall. The Tigers pitching staff has been getting absolutely creamed during this stretch, allowing 24 runs in their last two games and five or more runs in seven of their last seven games. This is a Tigers pitching staff that is ranked 14th in ERA. Offensively, Miguel Cabrera is dealing with a hamstring injury and Victor Martinez has five hits in his last two games. Getting the nod Monday will be Drew Smyly, who is 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA and has 37 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. This will be Smyly’s first career start against the Athletics.
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The Athletics have lost four straight games, but still remain 10 games above a .500 record. The reason for the recent slump is a lack of offense, as the Athletics have been held to three or less runs in six straight games. However, Josh Donaldson has scored 11 runs in his last 10 games. The Athletics still have the second best ERA in all of baseball. Getting the nod will be Tommy Milone, who is 2-3 with a 3.99 ERA and has 30 strikeouts in 47.1 innings. Milone is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three career starts against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 2-6 in Smyly's last 8 starts and 1-4 in Smyly's last 5 starts during game 1 of a series. The Athletics are 12-4 in Milone's last 16 starts during game 1 of a series and 2-6 in Milone's last 8 starts overall. The Tigers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland.
The Tigers are the better team in this matchup between two teams somewhat in a slump. I'll take Detroit for the great price.