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Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/2/14

Oakland Athletics (51-31) at Detroit Tigers (45-34)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm (Comerica Park)

Jesse Chavez (R) (6-4) (2.939) vs. Justin Verlander (R) (6-7) (4.798)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -133 / Oakland Athletics +123 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


The Detroit Tigers will look to sweep the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon.

The Athletics have still won nine of their last 13 games, but haven’t been able to figure the Tigers out in this series. Scoring just four runs in the first two games, the Athletics have lost seven of their last eight games when producing three or fewer runs. Josh Donaldson has nine RBI in his last 10 games and Brandon Moss has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. The Athletics pitching staff has a 3.19 ERA, third best in baseball. Jesse Chavez gets the nod, and he’s 6-4 with a 2.94 ERA and has 87 strikeouts in 98 innings. Chavez is 0-2 with a 10.20 ERA in eight career games against the Tigers.

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Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/2/14


The Tigers have won 10 of their last 12 games and all of a sudden find themselves 12 games above .500. The Tigers have scored five or more runs in seven of their last 11 games and have won 10 of their last 13 when scoring four or more runs. Miguel Cabrera has eight RBI in his last 10 games and Ian Kinsler has 18 hits in his last 10 games. The Tigers have an ERA of 4.05, 23rd best in all of baseball. Justin Verlander takes the hill, and he’s 6-7 with a 4.80 ERA and has 85 strikeouts in 110.2 innings. Verlander is 8-6 with a 2.48 ERA in 15 career starts against the Athletics. 

The Athletics are 4-1 in Chavezs last 5 starts and 7-2 in Chavezs last 9 road starts. The Tigers are 64-30 in Verlanders last 94 home starts. and 0-6 in Verlanders last 6 starts as a favorite. The Tigers are 7-2 in Verlanders last 9 starts vs. Athletics.

Even though the A's have struggled in this series, they're still one of the best teams in baseball. Verlander also isn't the same pitcher this season as he's been in the past. I like the plus money in this spot. 

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