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Atlanta Braves vs. Detroit Tigers - 10/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers (85-73) at Atlanta Braves (66-92)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)

J Zimmermann (9-6) (4.88) vs. Aaron Blair (1-7) (8.02)

The Line: Atlanta Braves +140 / Detroit Tigers -150 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


Down at Turner Field on Saturday, the Detroit Tigers and the Atlanta Braves will be continuing their weekend MLB series. 

On Friday in the opener, the Tigers managed a 6-2 victory by scoring three runs in the top of the first. 

Atlanta Braves vs. Detroit Tigers - 10/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Taking the mound for the Tigers on Saturday will be RHP Jordan Zimmermann. In 18 games, 17 starts and a 9-6 record, Zimmermann holds a 4.88 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP in 101.1 innings this year. In a no-decision against the Royals his last time out, Zimmermann went three innings with four hits and one earned (rainout). 

It’s not hard to find the key hitters in Detroit’s lineup. Miguel Cabrera has hit 185 times with 92 runs, 38 homers and 105 RBI. Ian Kinsler holds 177 hits with 117 runs, 28 homers and 82 RBI. Victor Martinez has 160 hits with 65 runs, 27 homers and 86 RBI. 

Over on the Braves’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Aaron Blair in the start Saturday. In his 14 starts and 1-7 record this year, Blair owns an 8.02 ERA with a 1.73 WHIP in 64 innings. In a loss against Miami his last time up, Blair went 3.1 innings with six hits and five runs. 

Atlanta has a handful of key hitters in their lineup. Freddie Freeman leads the way on 177 hits with 101 runs, 33 homers and 88 RBI. Nick Markakis has bagged 160 hits with 66 runs and 88 RBI. Ender Inciarte has hit 151 times with 84 runs and 29 RBI. 

The Tigers are 2-6 in their last eight during game two of a series, and 0-6 in their last six Saturday games. Detroit is also 5-2 in Zimmermann’s last seven road starts, and 1-4 in Zimmermann’s last five starts. 

As for the Braves, they’re 4-0 in their last four during game two of a series, and 4-1 in their last five Saturday games. Atlanta is also 3-11 in Blair’s last 14 starts, and 1-6 in Blair’s last seven home starts. 

I’m not really thrilled with either pitcher here, but I’ll take Zimmermann over Blair in this matchup. Give me the Tigers to get the victory on Saturday.

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