Detroit Tigers (47-63) at Oakland Athletics (65-46)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 4, 2018, 9:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -170 / Detroit Tigers +160 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Detroit Tigers look for a bounce back victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Tigers have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Detroit Tigers have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 122 hits and 58 RBI while Jose Iglesias and Victor Martinez have combined for 177 hits and 79 RBI. Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball, and he is 4-3 with a 4.44 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. Zimmermann is 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Oakland Athletics look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Athletics have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring at least one run. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 114 hits and 39 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis have combined for 210 hits and 152 RBI. Edwin Jackson gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Jackson is 4-2 with a 3.23 ERA and 68 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Tigers are 24-54 in their last 78 road games, 11-25 in their last 36 overall and 3-9 in Zimmermanns last 12 starts with 5 days of rest. The Athletics are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 7-2 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series and 5-2 in Jacksons last 7 starts. The Tigers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland, 1-11 in the last 12 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Oakland Athletics remain the hottest team in baseball and simply find ways to win. Sometimes its the offense exploding, other nights its defense and nights like last night the pitching gets the job done. The A's are a young club that expects to win every game and now that it's currently in the second wild card spot, the confidence continues to build. I'm simply not betting against the Oakland Athletics. Sometimes it's that simple.