Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Pick – MLB July 21, 2022

The MLB All-Star break comes to an end on Thursday, with several doubleheaders on the docket throughout the day. This is a day to make-up past matchups, while we’ll have a full slate of Major League Baseball action on Friday.

The break felt like an eternity, but it’s finally back to business this afternoon. Our first stop in the second half is in Oakland at the Coliseum. The Detroit Tigers are in Oakland for a doubleheader. This is only a two-game series, as they’ll welcome the Twins at Comerica Park this weekend.

IMPROVEMENT EXPECTED
Or else, GM Al Avila can’t it to next season, can he? Avila is on a burning hot seat right now and needs the Tigers to win now. If they don’t get hot in the second half, Avila has to go.

The Tigers are going into this one at 37-55 and 12 games behind the Twins. More was expected out of them in 2022. There’s still time, but Avila is running out of it.

22-year-old Spencer Torkelson will be asked to show improvement after his return from a stint in the minors.

Oakland threw away this season before it began in 2022. The front office ditched salary and had no intentions of winning this season. The A’s don’t like spending money, but even for them, they went really cheap this year.

The Athletics are entering Thursday afternoon at 32-61 and 28 games behind the Houston Astros for the lead in the AL West. They have shown little interest in playing at home this season, where they’re 11-31.

It’s hard to get excited about playing in front of an empty crowd and the A’s aren’t responding well in Oakland. They will send 26-year-old rookie Zach Logue to the bump for this start. An Avila draft pick, Tarik Skubal, is scheduled for the Tigers in California.

Head below for our free Tigers vs. Athletics Game 1 prediction on July 21, 2022.

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Game 1 Live Betting Odds:

MLB Odds Courtesy of Bovada:
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Detroit Tigers -1.5 (+120) -150 7.5 (+100)
Oakland Athletics +1.5 (-140) +126 7.5 (-120)
Team Data Detroit Tigers Oakland Athletics
Overall Record 37-55 32-61
Away/Home Record 15-31 11-32
Batting Average .229 .211
Batting Average Away/Home .213 .190
Runs Per 9 3.20 3.31
Team ERA 4.15 4.37
Team ERA Away/Home 4.38 4.50

Tigers vs. Athletics Prediction:

Tarik Skubal was a ninth-round selection from Al Avila in the 2018 draft. Avila did well in this case, as he found a pitcher that was starting in major league games only two years later in 2020.

Skubal has shown improvement since posting an ERA of 5.63 and a 1.22 WHIP through eight outings as a first-year hurler.

He will probably never develop into an elite option, but a solid mid-tier starter seems likely. After a 5.63 ERA in 2020, Skubal recorded an ERA of 4.34 and a 1.26 WHIP in 31 games last year.

In his second full campaign in the majors, he’s going into this start with an ERA of 4.11 and a 1.20 WHIP across 18 attempts. It’s the Athletics but is an important start against a lackluster opponent to open the second half.

SWING AND A MISS
The Athletics have been doing a lot of that this season. They’re 30th in the majors with a batting average of .211 and a .603 OPS.

It’s worse at home, where the A’s play in front of close to an empty crowd. The A’s are hitting .190 with just 2.47 runs per 9 innings at the Coliseum.

Skubal has been in control vs the A’s in 28 at-bats.

They’ve managed just 3 hits for a .128 average. Stephen Piscotty is the only A to go deep against Skubal.

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Trends:

Tigers

  • Record (Last 10): 2-8
  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games on the road
  • 1-8 overall in their previous nine games
  • 2-12 overall in their previous 14 games versus the Athletics
  • UNDER is 9-4 in their previous 13 games versus the AL West
  • UNDER is 4-1 in their previous five games on a Thursday

Athletics

  • Record (Last 10): 4-6
  • 11-32 overall in their previous 43 games at home
  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games on a Thursday
  • 6-1 overall in their previous seven games versus the Tigers at home
  • UNDER is 8-2 in their previous ten games in the American League
  • UNDER is 6-0 in their previous six games at home

  • This should be a good spot for Skubal to gather some confidence after the All-Star break. The A’s shouldn’t present too tough of a challenge. Skubal has been better on the road, with an ERA of 3.95 and a 1.18 WHIP in 57 innings.

    Zach Logue is looking for more confidence in the second half as well.

    The rookie has posted an ERA of 5.16 and a 1.45 WHIP across seven starts in his major league career. Logue has notched an ERA of 9.75 and a 1.83 WHIP in his previous three starts.

    Logue hasn’t cared much for pitching at the Coliseum. Like the rest of his teammates, Logue is struggling at this place, with a 5.54 ERA and 1.62 WHIP through 13 innings.

    The Tigers need a big second half to live up to expectations this season. The NL Central is not a good division, so it’s not impossible. Against the A’s, this looks like the perfect spot for the Tigers to start off with a winning effort.

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Kyle E / Author

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