Everyone is well aware that no-hit bids have become more commonplace in the last two years than ever before. It feels like every other night there is a pitcher going into the 7th with a no-hitter on the line. Last night in Oakland, there was a no-hitter and perfect game alive until the 6th inning. Blaine Hardy and Brett Anderson ultimately came up short, but it just reinforces the point that this kind of stuff isn’t a big deal anymore.
If a guy was going into the 7th with a no-hitter ten or even five years ago, everyone had to turn the game on. Now it’s just like any other night, or at least this is how I’ve perceived it. Jordan Zimmermann wishes he could be one of those pitchers, because nothing has been going his way recently. Zimmermann essentially swapped spots with Scherzer in Washington. After five years of playing solid baseball, Zimmermann has been regressing in Detroit. He isn’t playing on a chump change contract either. Along with Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera, those contracts are burning a hole in the Tigers’ wallet.
The last couple of years has been a selloff period in Detroit. However, no one has entertained the idea of wanting to take those contracts on. The Tigers just have to ride it out and look towards the future. They went all-in years ago and all it got them was a loss in the World Series.
The idea was to get Mike Ilitch a World Series before he passed, but all they could manage to win is American League rings. I seen former closer Todd Jones wearing his ring from 2006 at an event, so at least someone is proud of the accomplishment. The stakes are a little higher for the A’s this season, as they’re in a race for the final wildcard. The Athletics currently hold a slim lead on the Mariners, as they’ve completed the takeover after coming from behind. It’s not time to relax at this point, though. Head below for our free Tigers vs. Athletics pick on Saturday from the Coliseum in Oakland.
Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Pick
Jordan Zimmermann (4-3, 4.44 ERA) vs. Edwin Jackson (2-2, 3.32 ERA)
Zimmermann would love to duplicate Blaine Hardy from last night. His numbers would certainly appreciate the bump. He’s been getting hammered lately, with an ERA of 7.98 and 1.84 WHIP. He allowed 4 runs apiece to the Royals and Rays, and then followed those below par outings with 5 runs allowed against the Indians.
Zimmermann has been alright at home with a 3.67 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, but his numbers go up to a 5.15 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road. The only teams he’s been able to shutdown on the road have been a bad Blue Jays and Royals lineup. Zimmermann took a 5-4 loss in his last outing against the A’s.
Former Tigers’ starter, Edwin Jackson, will face his former team tonight. Jackson played a year in Detroit back in 2009. It was one of the best seasons of his career, as he helped the Tigers at a point when the team was relevant. It’s been a struggle for him since around 2012 when his ERA touched above 4.00. As a starter, his ERA never seen below 4.00 again.
Jackson enters with an ERA of 3.32. Barring a brutal stretch to finish the season, he will finish with it under 4.00. Jackson has also been good at home, posting a 2.41 ERA and 0.70 WHIP in 18.2 innings. The only guy in the Tigers’ lineup that has hit greater than .250 against Jackson is Miggy, and he of course will not be playing this evening. The offense was dormant for the A’s Friday night, but I think they will figure it out against Zimmermann. At plus-odds, a play on the Athletics runline looks solid.