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Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/5/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Tigers (47-64) at Oakland Athletics (66-46)
Date & Time Sunday August 5, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics -235 / Detroit Tigers +216 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
NSCA, FSDT
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The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics meet Sunday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. 

The Detroit Tigers look for a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Tigers have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Detroit Tigers have lost six of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 122 hits and 58 RBI while Jose Iglesias and Jeimer Candelario have combined for 179 hits and 84 RBI. Francisco Liriano gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 4.41 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 6-4 with a 4.28 ERA and 99 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look to keep the ball rolling after winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Athletics have scored 11 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 11 games when scoring at least two runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 116 hits and 39 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis have combined for 211 hits and 153 RBI. Trevor Cahill gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 3.39 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. Cahill is 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.

The Tigers are 7-17 in their last 24 Sunday games, 2-7 in Lirianos last 9 road starts and 2-6 in Lirianos last 8 starts. The Athletics are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series, 5-2 in Cahills last 7 home starts and 4-0 in Cahills last 4 starts. The Tigers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Oakland, 5-16 in the last 21 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

We're getting an awful price with the A's here, as it seems like the oddsmakers are catching on to this team. Still, I'm not betting against the hottest team in baseball and the best team over the last two months. The Oakland Athletics have been a money making machine and don't show any signs of slowing down. Sometimes you just ride the hot hand and get rewarded. Of course, I'm taking the RL to increase the value of the bet. 

Pick:
Oakland Athletics -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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