The Oakland Athletics put the Detroit Tigers on blast last night, as they dismantled the visitors by a score of 10-2. After scoring 2 runs in the top of the 2nd inning, the Tigers fell out of favor while the Athletics seized control. The Tigers led 2-0 going into the bottom of the inning and were trailing by a score of 9-2 in the 6th inning.
The Athletics tacked on another run in the 8th inning to make it a 10-2 final. It was a nice response by the A’s after falling 5-4 on Friday. You can’t be losing close games to bad teams in a postseason race. The Athletics need all the wins they can get right now and can’t pass up winnable games. That was a big miss, but fortunately they came right back with a win.
Oakland would find themselves in the Wild Card Game if the postseason started today. They’d be going to Tampa for a meeting with the Rays at the Trop. The Indians trail by 1.5 games, while the Red Sox are well back with a 7-game deficit behind the Athletics. If someone were to tell you in April that the A’s would be seven games up on the Red Sox on September 8th they’d think you’re nuts.
The Athletics are succeeding in typical A’s fashion. They may not have the most recognizable names on their roster, but they get it done nonetheless. Mike Fiers is a perfect example. If they can get Sean Manaea hot down the stretch, the Athletics would get a tremendous lift.
Manaea recently made his first appearance of the season after having to sit out with an injury. He was flawless against the Yankees, so that’s a start. He and Daniel Norris are the scheduled starters Sunday. Head below for our free Tigers vs. Athletics pick.
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Sean Manaea couldn’t have asked for a better welcome back to the hill in his first outing of the season. He got a tricky assignment right out of the gate and handled it brilliantly. Manaea went 5 innings at Yankee Stadium and didn’t allow a run. The only thing he yielded was 1 hit on the day.
Unfortunately, he was still unable to get a win out of the deal. That looks like an automatic win, but nope, the Athletics didn’t even win the game. The Yankees won a 5-4 game, as the bullpen couldn’t help Manaea out.
Nevertheless, Manaea was impressive and he looks ready to be the same pitcher he was in 2018. He posted a 3.59 ERA in 27 games and was prevented from building on that success until now. Manaea has been effective against the Tigers in 20 at-bats. They’re hitting just .200 with no runs scored. He will look to keep that scoreless streak rolling Sunday.
Daniel Norris hasn’t been able to have the same success against the Athletics in his career. He’s faced them in 40 at-bats, having yielded a .325 batting average and 6 runs. Manaea might be great today, but the A’s likely aren’t going to need perfect to get a win here. The Tigers have been absolutely terrible against the A’s in recent memory.
Despite winning Friday, they are only 6-23 against Oakland in their last 29 meetings. Also note that the A’s have been hot at home, with a record of 40-19 in their previous 59 games in Oakland. It might not be as big of a beatdown as Saturday, but expect another comfortable win for the home team in this one.