Tigers at Athletics – 9:40 p.m. EST
The 6-7 Tigers take on the 6-7 Athletics in the Oakland Coliseum on Friday night for the second game of their four-game series. Detroit entered the series fresh off a sweep of the Astros. Meanwhile, Oakland took a four-game winning steak into the series opener. It was the Athletics who took care of business on Thursday night behind the arm of Sean Manaea, who threw six innings while allowing two earned runs and collecting seven strikeouts. Outfielders Stephen Piscotty and Matt Olson each hit a solo home run to lead the offensive charge in the 8-4 win for the reigning American League West champions.
About the Tigers
The Tigers are tied for first in all of Major League Baseball with 20 home runs so far this season. Despite that, they still rank 19th in runs scored per game at 4.1. Detroit is in a rebuild and not expected to compete this season as they try and mix prospects in with veterans to fill out the lineup and rotation. Veteran catcher Wilson Ramos has come out of the gate with an AL-leading six home runs through 11 games.
Center fielder Akil Baddoo, who is only 22 years old, has been one of the biggest storylines in the majors this year with his sensational start, batting .323 with four home runs and 11 RBI in only 31 at-bats.
The pitching staff for the Tigers has been terrible to start the year, ranking second to last in the AL with an atrocious 5.29 ERA. It is going to be a long year in the Motor City as Vegas has projected Detroit to secure the fewest wins in the American League this season.
About the Athletics
The Athletics got off to a rough start this season, but have turned the tide by winning five in a row behind the power of their hitting. Infielder Jed Lowrie is batting .348 out of the gate with 12 RBI to lead the charge. Power hitters Mark Canha, Matt Olson, Ramon Laureano, and Matt Chapman have each homered in the past three games as the bats are starting to heat up.
On the other hand, the team has not received a lot of help from its pitchers. This is reflected in the fact that Oakland is the only AL pitching staff with a higher ERA than the Tigers so far this season (5.85). Saying that the A’s pitchers have gotten off to a shaky start would be an understatement.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Tigers||+1½ (-125)||+165||O 8½ (-110)|
|Athletics||-1½ (+105)||-195||U 8½ (-110)|
The Pitching Matchup
There are pitcher’s duels in Major League Baseball, and then there is the polar opposite. That is what we have happening Friday night in Oakland.
- The Tigers will be giving the ball to right-hander Jose Urena, who is 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA in two starts this year. Urena has walked an egregious 24.3 percent of the batters he has faced this season.
- The A’s are turning to right-hander Frankie Montas, who is 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA in two starts this season. The numbers are a tad misleading for Montas, who was fine in his last outing, going six innings and allowing only one run. He was roughed up in his season opener against the Dodgers, allowing seven runs in only 2.2 innings pitched.
What’s the Bet?
This game poses the perfect opportunity to hop on a parlay. Oakland should have no issues having another field day with Jose Urena on the mound. If the A’s do not get to Urena, the Tigers bullpen has not been much better, sporting a 6.65 ERA. The A’s pitching staff has somehow had a worse team ERA throughout the year, but with the Tigers posing few threats in their lineup, they will not be able to keep up with Oakland’s offense. The A’s scored eight runs by themselves on Thursday night and there is no reason to think they cannot do it again. Take Oakland Moneyline and parlay it with over 8.5 runs to be scored and cash a plus-money winner.