Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/28/14
Detroit Tigers (28-19) at Oakland Athletics (31-20)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Anibal Sanchez (R) (2-2) (2.829) vs. Scott Kazmir (L) (5-2) (2.565)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -118 / Detroit Tigers +108 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, CSN-CA
The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will play game three of four on Wednesday night at the O.co Coliseum.
The Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak with a win on Tuesday, but have surprisingly lost seven of their last nine games. While the Tigers pitching staff has been decent for most of the season, they’ve allowed five or more runs in eight of their last nine, which includes four games of 10 or more runs. It’s an absolute brutal stretch for arguably the best team in baseball. Offensively, Miguel Cabrera hit his sixth homer in the month of May, and Victor Martinez has eight hits in his last four games. Anibal Sanchez gets the start, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA and has 32 strikeouts in 35 innings. Sanchez is 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA in three career starts against the Athletics.
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The Athletics have also been in a recent funk, losing five of their last six games. The only difference is the A’s aren’t scoring runs, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in six of their last eight games. With an Athletics pitching rotation that has the best ERA in baseball, the A’s are 27-5 when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Josh Donaldson has scored 10 runs in as many games and Alberto Callaspo has a five-game hitting streak. Scott Kazmir gets the start, and he’s 5-2 with a 2.56 ERA and has 45 strikeouts in 59.2 innings. Kazmir is 4-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 13 career starts against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 8-2 in Sanchez's last 10 road starts and 5-11 in Sanchez's last 16 starts during game 3 of a series. The Athletics are 8-2 in Kazmir's last 10 starts as a favorite and 8-2 in Kazmir's last 10 starts overall. The Tigers are 1-4 in Sanchez;s last 5 starts vs. Athletics.
The total is always lower than usual when two good pitchers take the mound and it's no different in this matchup. In this matchup, both teams are capable of putting runs on the board as we've seen. I'm taking advantage of the low total and playing the over.