Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/29/14
Detroit Tigers (29-19) at Oakland Athletics (31-21)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Rick Porcello (R) (7-2) (3.879) vs. Jesse Chavez (R) (4-2) (2.613)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -133 / Detroit Tigers +123 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will wrap up a four-game series on Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers have lost eight of their last 10 games, including blowing a ninth inning lead in Wednesday’s loss. While the Tigers pitching hasn’t exactly fared well during this stretch, the lineup as scored two or less runs in four of their last seven games. Miguel Cabrera has four hits in this series and Torii Hunter has homered in back-to-back games. Getting the nod is Rick Porcello, who is 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA and has 38 strikeouts in 58 innings. Porcello is 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA in nine career games against the Athletics.
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The Athletics won Wednesday’s game thanks to a ninth inning homer by Josh Donaldson. Donaldson now has five hits and five RBI in this series. The A’s have now won seven of their last 13 games and are trying to build their first place lead in the AL West. The Athletics pitching staff continues to play well, but the lineup has produced three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. Getting the nod is Jesse Chavez, who is 4-2 with a 2.61 ERA and has 61 strikeouts in 62 innings. Chavez is 0-1 with a 14.00 ERA in seven career games against the Tigers. This will be his first career start against Detroit.
The Tigers are 20-8 in Porcello's last 28 starts and 40-18 in Porcello's last 58 starts with 4 days of rest. The Athletics are 8-2 in Chavez's last 10 starts and 7-2 in Chavez's last 9 starts as a favorite. The Tigers are 2-5 in Porcello's last 7 starts vs. Athletics.
It's only a matter of time before the Tigers break out of their slump and it might as well happen with Porcello on the mound. The A's simply aren't scoring enough runs as of late to trust with the juice. I'll take the Tigers and the added value in this spot.