Athletics vs. Tigers, 9-19-2017 - Prediction & Preview
Written by: Brian Spaen
Oakland Athletics (66-83 SU, 80-65 O-U, 5th AL West)
vs Detroit Tigers (62-87 SU, 80-63 O-U, 4th AL Central)
When: Tuesday, Sep 19th, 7:10 PM ET
Line: OAK -125 / DET +100
TV/Live Stream: MLB.tv, FSN Detroit, NBC Sports California
Oakland and Detroit continue their series on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. The Athletics took two out of three against Philadelphia over the weekend. The Tigers split a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox, including a near no-hitter on Sunday.
Olson goes yard three times against Phillies
On Oakland’s current road trip, they have alternated wins and losses and are 3-3 through the first six games. There’s been a lot of inconsistency, but over the last five contests they are averaging 4.4 runs per nine innings and have posted a 3.14 ERA. First baseman Matt Olson (.266 avg) had a homer in each of the three games against the Phillies.
Starting pitcher: Right-hander Daniel Gossett (4-9, 5.02 ERA)
Gossett has been suffering a lot of losses lately, the most recent coming against Boston on Thursday. He gave up three earned runs on five hits through 5.1 innings of work. His pitching ratio was a mediocre three strikeouts to one walk and he gave up a homer, the third one he’s allowed over his last five starts. His outing was cut rather short, exiting after 75 total pitches. The A’s have gone just 1-4 over his last five starts.
Boyd comes one out shy of no-hitter
Starting pitcher Matthew Boyd made it through 26 outs, but he just came short of a no-hitter in an eventual 12-0 blowout. Still, he recorded a one-hit shutout that featured 121 total pitches. It gave some relief to a Detroit pitching staff that has been blown up quite a bit over the last few months as they’ve sold off the team and prepare for better days in the coming years.
Starting pitcher: Left-hander Chad Bell (0-3, 6.42 ERA)
This will be Bell’s fourth start of the season. He’s had three straight starts and his team has lost in all of them. In his last outing against the White Sox on Thursday, he allowed six earned runs on nine hits through 3.1 innings of work. His pitching ratio concluded at four strikeouts to one walk and he allowed a homer, his fourth over his last five outings. While he was passable against Toronto two weekends ago, giving up two runs over 4.2 innings, it’s a been a rough go for him on the mound. However, Detroit doesn’t have too many options left as they wrap up the season.
- 6-1 on the Over in their last 7 games on Tuesday
- 5-1-2 on the Over in their last 8 against AL Central foes
- 9-1 on the Over in their last 10 home games against teams with a losing record
- 20-6 on the Over in their last 26 games at home
This is a pretty tough one to pick considering both pitchers are volatile and it’s a high total. However, the best one to roll the dice with is the over, especially with both bullpens being dismal in the past week.
Pick: Over 10.5
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