Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is famous for saying, “let’s play two,” and that’s exactly what the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will do, beginning at 3:37 p.m. ET on Thursday. It’s a quick way to start the rest of the season before they head their separate ways for the weekend series.

Here’s a quick breakdown of each game.

Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Betting Trends

  • The A’s went 4-1 in a five-game series in Detroit in May, including a doubleheader split
  • Oakland was underdogs in each game
  • The under was 3-1-1 during that series
  • Oakland has won 13 of the last 16 meetings in Oakland
  • The Athletics are 37-15 over the last 52 meetings regardless of location
  • The Tigers are 34-54-4 on over/unders and 15-31 away from home
  • The A’s are 36-50-7 on over/unders and 11-32 at home

Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Game 1 Odds

The Tigers are favored with -143 on the moneyline compared to the A’s +132. The Tigers run line is -1.5 (+125) with Oakland’s +1.5 (-145). The over/under is set at 7 with -118 on the over and -102 on the under.

Tarik Skubal starts for the Tigers. He’s 6-8 with a 4.11 ERA and has struggled since mid-June. He’s allowed 30 earned runs in 35 innings since June 12.

Zach Logue debuted on April 19 and is 3-4 with a 5.16 ERA, making six starts and seven total appearances.

Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Game 2 Odds

Oakland is moneyline favorites at -157, with the Tigers at +145. The Tigers’ run line is +1.5 (-165) with the Athletics’ at -1.5 (+145). The over/under is 7, with -113 on the under and -107 on the over.

Garrett Hill is the probable starter for Detroit. He’s 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings since debuting on July 4.

Frankie Montas gets the start for Oakland. He’s 3-9 with a 3.26 ERA, and 100 strikeouts in 96.2 innings pitched.

Detroit Tigers Stats

The Tigers have the worst offense in baseball, scoring 3.24 runs per game. Their batting average of .229 is fourth worst, and an OPS of .619 is second worst. They average 0.6 home runs per game, the worst rate in the league, and strike out 8.71 times per game, which ranks 17th.

The pitching has been decent, allowing 4.5 runs per game which is 20th. Opponents have a batting average of .245 (19th) and an OPS of .703 (15th). They limit teams to 1.01 home runs per game, which is ninth, but only strike out 7.63 hitters per game (sixth worst).

Oakland Athletics Stats

The A’s are also better as a pitching staff, allowing 4.69 runs per game (23rd) with an opposing batting average of .247 (20th) and opposing OPS of .731 (23rd). They do allow 1.14 home runs per game (22nd) and strike out 7.7 hitters per game (24th).

Offensively is the same story, scoring 3.38 runs per game which is only ahead of the Tigers. But the A’s have the worst batting average at .211 and OPS at .603. They are second worst at home runs per game with 0.79 and strike out 8.68 times per game (16th).

Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Betting Predictions

These two teams are so similarly bad. The two worst offenses doesn’t make for compelling viewing but going under 7.0 is a possibility in each game with decent pitching on each side.

But the favorites should win each game as long as the probable starters line up as outlined. Skubal should be able to get on track against a poor offense to hopefully fuel a strong second half for himself and the Tigers.

Similarly, Montas has been dominant for Oakland but hasn’t had the run support. He should be able to get that.

Game 1: Tigers -143
Game 2: Athletics -157

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