Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (11-10) at Detroit Tigers (9-10)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
S Gray (3-1) (2.73) vs. J Verlander (1-2) (5.79)
The Line: Detroit Tigers +105 / Oakland Athletics -115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, CSCA
Early Wednesday evening at Comerica Park, the MLB is bringing us the finale of an early-week set between the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers.
This will be the third and final game of the series. On Monday in the opener, the Tigers struck first for a 7-3 victory that sent both teams to .500 on the season. In Tuesday’s game, the Athletics got a little revenge, scoring three times in the fourth inning on the way to a dominant 5-1 win.
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In Wednesday’s matchup, the A’s are set to roll with right-hander Sonny Gray. On the season, Gray has pitched well through four starts to the tune of a 2.73 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Back on Friday in his last outing, Gray struck out seven batters in seven innings against a formidable Blue Jays lineup, and picked up the win.
Giving run support, we’ve got a spotty but capable Oakland lineup. Jed Lowrie has done well this year so far, with 22 hits, seven runs and 11 RBI. Josh Reddick isn’t far behind with 21 hits, four homers and 11 RBI. Marcus Semien has five homers, but has struggled with an ugly batting average (.197 at the moment). Semien went 1-for-3 on Tuesday.
Over on the Tigers side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Justin Verlander take the mound. It’s been a pretty sketchy campaign for Verlander so far, with his 5.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over a 1-2 record in four starts. On Friday, Verlander pitched fairly well against the Indians, striking out 10 but allowing two runs on four hits and taking the loss.
At the plate, we’ve got the usual Detroit crew of heavy hitters. Ian Kinsler has slapped 27 hits with 16 runs so far this year, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia has produced six homers and 15 RBI. Saltalamacchia came up empty on Tuesday, though. Team star Miguel Cabrera has three homers and 10 RBI to his credit, but struck out three times in Tuesday’s matchup.
The Athletics are 4-1 in Gray’s last five starts during game three of a series, but 1-4 in Gray’s last five road starts. As for the Tigers, they’re 5-1 in their last six Wednesday games, but 1-4 in Verlander’s last five starts during game three of a series.
I don’t trust Verlander these days, so I’ll take the A’s and Gray here. If Verlander can show us a bit of his old self, we could see a relatively low-scoring pitchers’ battle.