The games may not matter for the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers, but last night was an entertaining game in Detroit. The Tigers pulled away for a 8-4 game, but with their bullpen it’s never over. Well, it wasn’t, the Athletics took the lead 9-8 in the top of the 8th. Jed Lowrie connected on a bases clearing grand slam for the lead. It really was a summary of the Tigers’ year in a capsule.
Not to be out done though, the A’s bullpen wasn’t done, allowing the Tigers to put runners on 3rd and 2nd with no outs in the bottom of the 8th. The Tigers didn’t do anything with it, leaving the bases juiced without scratching a run across the plate. It’s been that kind of year, but the pitching shouldn’t have allowed 9 runs to begin with.
Not much you can do when the pitching staff consists of guys who should mostly be in the minors. And in Anibal Sanchez’s case, he should probably be laying on a beach retired by now. The Tigers gave him a big contract, though, so no complaining on his part. They really would have liked to dump his contract with everyone else they dumped earlier this summer, but nobody is going to take Sanchez on at this point in his career. The Tigers just have to count down the days until they shed his contract.
Sanchez will get the start this afternoon, as he looks to finish strong and put this season in the past. He’s one of the few remaining pieces on the roster who played a pivotal role during their World Series runs. In that sense, he should be applauded for the work he did back then, but that was then, and this is now. Second-year pitcher Daniel Mengden will counter Sanchez for the A’s. Get our Athletics vs. Tigers pick for free below.
Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers Pick
Daniel Mengden (1-1, 4.30 ERA) vs. Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 7.03 ERA)
Another meaningless game in Detroit between the A’s and Tigers. However, for some of these players it means a lot. It can make the different between the minors and majors in 2018. With respects to Anibal Sanchez, I don’t know what the Tigers are going to do with him. He enters with an ERA of 7.44, with a 1.65 WHIP and .368 OBA.
Note that in his last three starts, he’s gotten belted for a 7.59 ERA and 1.97 WHIP. Against the Royals, Sanchez didn’t get to record 1 out. Then, he followed it up with 7 runs on 12 hits across 4.2 innings against the Blue Jays. If there has been anyone counting down until the end of the season, it’s been Anibal Sanchez.
It doesn’t help that Detroit starters are operating with the worst bullpen in baseball behind them. There aren’t too many reinforcements if things turn sour, which they usually do. Daniel Mengden has only gotten four starts this season. He broke his foot in April, and has spent time in the minors, too. He’s been good lately though, with a 2.75 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in his last three. He had a two-hit shutout against the Phillies last time out. It’s hard not to like a team getting a good price against this current lineup in Detroit. I recommended a pick on the A’s for Wednesday afternoon.
PICK: ATHLETICS (-125)