Oakland Athletics (41-38) at Detroit Tigers (36-43)
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 27, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers +125 / Oakland Athletics -135 --- Over/Under: 9
The Oakland A’s and the Detroit Tigers meet in game three of their four game set from Comerica Park in MLB action on Wednesday.
The Oakland A’s will look to win the series and push for the sweep on Thursday after winning the first two games of the set, including a 9-7 victory in game two on Tuesday. Jed Lowrie, Chad Pinder and Jonathan Lucroy each had two RBIs, with Lowrie going 4 for 4 with a home run while Lucroy added a double and Chad Pinder added a solo homer of his own. Mark Canha added a double and an RBI while Matt Olson chipped in a run as well to round out Oakland’s scoring in the win. Matt Joyce added a two-bagger while Marcus Semien chipped in a base hit of his own. Frankie Montas gave up six runs on eight hits over just three innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Ryan Buchter picked up the win while Blake Treinen recorded his 19th save of the season. Chris Bassitt will start game three and is 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bassitt is 1-2 with a 6.11 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will be out to snap their losing streak which currently sits at seven games following their game two loss on Tuesday. Niko Goodrum and Dixon Machado each had two RBIs with Machado belting a triple while Goodrum added a double. Nick Castellanos went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI while John Hicks and James McCann each added an RBI to round out Detroit’s scoring in the loss. Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 4 while Leonys Martin matched that mark at the plate. Victor Reyes added a base hit as well to finish off Detroit’s offense in defeat, Blaine Hardy gave up six runs, three earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out four over four innings of work. Alex Wilson received his 3rd blown save of the year while Shane Greene took the loss to fall to 2-5 this season. Mike Fiers will start game three and is 5-4 with a 4.29 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 41 strikeouts against Oakland.
Oakland is 1-8 in Bassitt’s last 9 road starts and 5-16 in Bassitt’s last 21 starts overall while the over is 11-2 in their last 13 games overall. Detroit is 6-0 in Fiers’ last 6 home starts and 0-7 in their last 7 games overall while the underuse 4-1-1 in Fiers’ last 6 starts overall. Oakland is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Detroit.
I got burned by Fiers last time out but I keep saying it and it rings true, that he may be the Tigers’ best pitcher this season. Bassitt has had no luck on the mound, with the A’s losing each of his last five starts and a career ERA sitting well over six against the Tigers. If there was a time for Detroit to snap its’ losing streak, I think it comes on Wednesday with Fiers on the mound, but this is probably a game better left untouched.