Detroit Tigers (6-8) at Oakland Athletics (7-7)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4:07 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
Casey Mize (1-0) (0.82) vs. Cole Irvin (0-2) (7.45)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -140 / Detroit Tigers +130 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Detroit Tigers look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Tigers have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last five games. The Tigers are 5-2 this season when scoring four or more runs. Jeimer Candelario leads the Tigers with 16 hits and seven RBI while Willi Castro and Wilson Ramos have combined for 21 hits and 11 RBI. Casey Mize gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. This will be Mize’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look to build on their six game winning streak. The Athletics have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Athletics have won seven straight games when scoring more than two runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 16 hits and 12 RBI while Mark Canha and Ramon Laureano have combined for 25 hits and nine RBI. Cole Irvin gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Irvin’s first career game against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 18-39 in their last 57 during game 3 of a series and 24-59 in their last 83 road games. The Athletics are 37-15 in their last 52 during game 3 of a series and 2-8 in their last 10 home games. The under is 7-2 in Tigers last 9 during game 3 of a series. The over is 4-0 in Athletics last 4 overall. The Tigers are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Oakland and 5-22 in the last 27 meetings.
It's hard to put much stock into this pitching matchup given that both guys have very little MLB experience, so I'm going to side with the better team and the more trustworthy lineup. The Detroit Tigers are showing signs of returning to the team we thought they'd be this season, while the A's are starting to heat up and that offense is showing what its capable of. Give me the A's and the cheap price.