Detroit Tigers (47-62) at Oakland Athletics (64-46)
|Date & Time||Friday August 3, 2018, 10:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -178 / Detroit Tigers +168 --- Over/Under: 9
The Detroit Tigers and the Oakland A’s meet in the opener of their three game set in MLB action on Friday.
The Detroit Tigers will look to keep their momentum going after completing the mini two game sweep of Cincinnati to start the week including a 7-4 win in the series finale on Wednesday. Jose Iglesias led the Tigers with three RBIs, going 2 for 3 with a double. Jim Adduci added a solo home run, while Ronny Rodriguez and JaCoby Jones each had two hits with an RBI with Rodriguez adding a double as well. Niko Goodrum went 2 for 4 with a two-bagger while Victor Martinez, Jeimer Candelario, John Hicks and Victor Reyes each contributed a base hit as well in the winning effort. Drew VerHagen ended up with the win to improve to 2-2 this season while Shane Greene picked up his 23rd save of the season. Blaine Hardy will start game one and is 4-3 with a 3.61 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. This will be Hardy’s second career start against Oakland.
The Oakland A’s will look to stay hot after completing the three game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays following an 8-3 win in the series finale on Wednesday. Jonathan Lucroy led the A’s by going 3 for 4 with a double and four RBIs, while Franklin Barreto matched that mark at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. Nick Martini added an RBI as well to round out the scoring for the A’s in the win, while Matt Olson and Marcus Semien each went 2 for 4 at the dish. Matt Chapman, Khris Davis and Mark Canha each added a base hit as well in the winning effort for the A’s. Sean Manaea got his 10th win of the year after allowing one run on five hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Brett Anderson will start game one and is 2-3 with a 5.55 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 3-3 with a 5.46 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Detroit.
Detroit is 11-25 in their last 36 games overall and 16-35 in their last 51 games against the AL West while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games. Oakland is 8-1 in Anderson’s last 9 starts against a team with a losing record and 30-10 in their last 40 games overall while the over is 19-8-3 in their last 30 series opening matchups. Oakland is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.
Anderson burned me in his last outing, but in all fairness, he has pitched well for the most part and the A’s have done a good job winning with him on the mound. The plus money with Detroit is tempting considering Hardy has been serviceable in a starting role, but the fact is that Oakland is the better team here and needs to keep winning games like this if Oakland wants to be in a good position for the wild card down the stretch. I’ll back the A’s on the run line to give some extra value to the bet.