The Detroit Tigers welcome in the Oakland Athletics in Major League Baseball action tonight. The game is is scheduled for a 7:08 p.m. start time and it will be televised live on MLB.tv as well as locally in both markets. Currently the odds for the game have the Athletics listed as a road favorite to pick up the win.
Detroit has been struggling recently, to put it lightly. The Tigers have won just two of their last 10 games overall and now have been outscored by three runs this season. The offense was supposed to be a great one this year, but it's absolutely come to a screeching halt.
The 217 runs scored this season is only fourth best in the American League Central and it's actually 10 runs less than Oakland has scored. The Athletics have an offense that is regarded as one without a lot of star power, but compared to the expensive Tigers lineup it looks just good enough. Detroit, though, has seven more victories on the season.
The Athletics are sending Sonny Gray to the mound. He's 6-2 with a 1.82 ERA on the season, but he has yet to face the Tigers. Oakland has won each of his last two starts, picking up wins over the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. Gray has grown comfortable with pitching on the road, it seems, he's made six starts away from home this season.
Gray is 3-1 both home and away and has a 2.27 ERA away from home. Current Tigers own an average of .308 against him in 26 plate appearances, Miguel Cabrera has homered off of him.
Detroit sends Anibal Sanchez to the mound. He's 3-6 with a 5.75 ERA this season, Detroit has dropped each of his last three starts overall. Sanchez has been inconsistent all season and it's going to take a strong effort tonight to give Detroit a chance.
Current Athletics are hitting an average of .266 against Sanchez. The Tigers need a win, but it's hard to see this sputtering lineup beating Gray.
Free Pick: Oakland
Free MLB Betting Pick: Oakland As at Detroit Tigers
Yes, the Oakland A's started out the 2015 MLB season terribly, but pro bettor Teddy Covers thinks the As are starting to turn things around, especially when Sonny Gray is on the mound. Meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers batting line-up is struggling to hit the ball, rarely scoring more than three runs. With that in mind, Teddy likes the As in this match up.
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