Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 12:10 PM (Comerica Park)
Oakland A's -141 / Detroit Tigers +120 -- O/U: 8.5
TV: FS-Detroit, MLB
The Oakland A’s and the Detroit Tigers meet in game one of a four game set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Thursday.
The Oakland A’s will be out to snap a three game slide after a 4-3 loss to Seattle in their last outing. Robbie Grossman went 2 for 3 with an RBI while Stephen Piscotty went 2 for 3 with a double. Marcus Semien and Josh Phegley each had base hits as well in the losing effort for the A’s as Oakland had just six hits as a team in the loss. Brett Anderson took the loss, falling to 4-3 on the year after allowing four runs on six hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Chris Bassitt will start game one and is 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bassitt is 2-2 with a 4.56 ERA and 17 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to rebound after being swept by Houston, taking a 5-1 loss in the series finale on Wednesday. JaCoby Jones had a solo home run while Josh Harrison added a triple as the Tigers had just the two hits as a team in the loss with the rest of the squad batting 0 for 25 with 12 strikeouts. Gregory Soto took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year after allowing two runs on three hits over just two innings of work. Spencer Turnbull will start game one and is 2-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. This will be Turnbull’s first career start against Oakland.
Oakland is 4-10 in Bassitt’s last 14 road starts and 7-19 in their last 26 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Detroit is 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against the AL West. Oakland is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and 7-0 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.
Oakland is the better team here probably, but it’s not like the A’s have been lighting it up on the road like they had been last year and Oakland has been running hot and cold lately, so I’m not sure why the A’s are this much of a road favorite. Detroit has some issues no doubt, but Turnbull leads the team in ERA and WHIP and has allowed two runs or less in each of his last five starts, with the Tigers winning each of his last four starts. I think there’s some value to be had with Detroit in game one, so I’ll take a shot at the plus money with the Tigers here.