Back to the diamond on Monday, as we look to wrap up what is looking like yet another profitable regular season in baseball. Barring a bad finish, I will finish in the money going into the postseason. Turning profits on bases has become a routine occurrence year after year, and I’m hoping to keep it that way. We go to Detroit where a meaningless game is being played at Comerica between the Athletics and Tigers. I know how jacked up everyone must be to watch this one after a weekend of football. If it cashes, I couldn’t care less, though. I haven’t been able to find my footing on the gridiron just yet, but baseball has been rather kind to my bankroll.
The Tigers have emptied their closet out, and officially went into rebuilding mode this season. Other than a few players, this Tigers’ roster is pretty unrecognizable. This isn’t the Verlander, Fister, and Scherzer team from when this team was competing for a World Series. None of them are left on the team, and the rotation as a whole is empty. The Tigers missed out on their chance to win a World Series when they had it in front of them. Michael Fulmer hopes to catch on as the future of the rotation, but just underwent surgery and hasn’t been available. Unfortunately for Fulmer, he may have to get used to losing before anything gets better in Detroit.
The Athletics dumped one of their prized possession, trading Sonny Gray to the Yankees. The A’s were not in a position to compete, and like the Tigers, they dealt a guy who was mainstay on their roster. For both teams, the goals are really clear. Evaluate players and get an extra look at who should be on the opening day roster in 2018. In other words, it’s a bit like training camp ball. The A’s and Tigers have met before in much different circumstance in the postseason. The stakes are different today, but let’s cash a ticket regardless. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Tigers pick.
Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers Pick
Jharel Cotton (8-10, 5.81 ERA)**PITCHING CHANGE vs. Buck Farmer (4-3, 6.62 ERA)
Buck Farmer has been getting regular starts in the Tigers’ rotation thanks to deals and injuries. Farmer hasn’t exactly give management any reason to say that he should be in Detroit in 2018. If the Tigers have to go with Farmer, it’s going to be one long season. In four of his last six starts, he’s allowed 4 or more runs. He didn’t escape the 4th inning in any of them. In his last three outings, Farmer holds a 7.50 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. It’s been a bit of a joke at home as well. He’s posted a 11.30 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in Detroit. We have to go back to June 7th to find the last time he pitched well at Comerica.
If the Tigers are going to win this game, it’s going to be with their bats. Farmer is bad enough, but the bullpen doesn’t offer much of a backup plan, either. The Tigers’ bullpen ranks dead last with an ERA of 5.36. The next worse bullpen, the Mets, have a 4.71 ERA. When the Tigers were having their fire sale, they also parted ways with their best reliever. So, the idea for the Tigers is to get to Jharel Cotton tonight. He owns a 9.00 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in his last three starts. The Athletic bullpen isn’t far behind the Tigers. They’re 27th in the majors with a 4.65 ERA. I don’t see anything else but runs tonight in Detroit. I’d take the OVER.
PICK: OVER 10 (-110)**PITCHING CHANGE