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Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/19/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Sunday May 19, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Oakland A's -174 / Detroit Tigers +162 -- O/U: 10
TV Channel
FS-Detroit
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The Oakland A’s and the Detroit Tigers meet in the finale of their four game set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Oakland A’s will look to complete the sweep after taking game three on Saturday by a final score of 4-1. Nick Hundley had a home run and two RBIs while Chad Pinder had a solo home run and Jurickson Profar went 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI to round out Oakland’s scoring as a team in the victory. Stephen Piscotty, Robbie Grossman and Ramon Laureano each had base hits as well in the winning effort for the A’s. Daniel Mengden got the win to improve to 1-1 on the year after allowing the one run on three hits while striking out five over seven innings of work. Blake Treinen closed out the 9th for his 7th save of the season. Mike Fiers will start game four and is 3-3 with a 5.12 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game three on Saturday. Ronny Rodriguez had a double and JaCoby Jones went 2 for 3 at the dish while Miguel Cabrera and Dawel Lugo each had base knocks in the loss as Detroit cranked out just five hits as a team. Matt Boyd took the loss, falling to 4-4 on the year after allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out seven over six innings on the bump. Gregory Soto will start the finale and is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. This will be Soto’s first career start against Oakland.

Oakland is 4-11 in their last 15 road games and 1-4 in Fiers’ last 5 starts while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Detroit is 0-7 in their last 7 home games and 0-6 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games. Oakland is 21-5 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and 14-3 in the last 17 meetings between the two teams in Detroit.

The A’s have found their groove in this series and while I’m not a fan of laying heavy juice on the road, I just don’t see Detroit keeping up here. Detroit has been outscored 28-6 so far in the three games of the series, and numbers like that won’t fly with the way Soto has pitched to start his major league career, allowing nine runs in six innings of work. I just think Oakland is the better team and has a big pitching advantage in the finale, so I’ll lay the juice with Oakland in this spot.

Pick:
Oakland -174

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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