2019-09-06 21:07:00 EDT
The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics meet Friday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Detroit Tigers need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Tigers have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Detroit Tigers have lost five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Miguel Cabrera leads the Tigers with 126 hits and 53 RBI while Niko Goodrum and Brandon Dixon have combined for 191 hits and 92 RBI. Spencer Turnbull gets the ball, and he is 3-14 with a 4.45 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. This will be Turnbull’s second career game against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Athletics have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 156 hits and 74 RBI while Matt Chapman and Ramon Laureano have combined for 236 hits and 136 RBI. Homer Bailey gets the ball, and he is 12-8 with a 4.96 ERA and 128 strikeouts this season. Bailey is 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 26-53 in their last 79 during game 1 of a series, 16-40 in their last 56 Friday games and 10-42 in their last 52 vs. American League West. The Athletics are 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games, 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 4-0 in Bailey’s last 4 home starts. The Tigers are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland and 5-21 in the last 26 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Athletics last 5 overall. The over is 9-4 in Tigers last 13 overall.
Turnbull has allowed 32 hits and 22 runs in his last 26.2 innings, and he has a 3.90 ERA and .243 allowed batting average on the road. Bailey has allowed 32 hits and 15 runs in his last 35 innings, and he has a 3.87 ERA and .259 allowed batting average at home. Not the best pitching matchup in the world and Bailey certainly isn’t a pitcher I look to be laying big juice with. However, these teams are heading in completely different directions and the Tigers remain the worst team in baseball in terms of money lost this season. Give me the Athletics and the RL.