The Athletics (48-107, 26-54 home) will host the Tigers (72-83, 40-40 away) in game four of this American League series. Starting for the Athletics is JP Sears, while the Tigers are giving the ball to Eduardo Rodriguez. Read on to see my pick for this showdown between Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers.
DETROIT TIGERS VS OAKLAND ATHLETICS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Detroit Tigers -154
This game will be played at Oakland Coliseum at 4:07 ET on Sunday, September 24th.
WHY BET THE DETROIT TIGERS:
- The Tigers will be taking on a Athletics club that is just 2-3 over their last five games.
- Looking at the Tigers’ last five games as the underdog, they are just 2-3.
- The Athletics’ are just 9-21 in JP Sears’ 30 starts.
DETROIT TIGERS STRUGGLING VS RUNLINE OF LATE
On an overall record of 72-83, the Tigers are 3rd in the AL Central. On the road, Detroit has put together a record of 40-40 while going 32-43 at home. Against teams with below .500 records, the club has gone 42-42. Overall, the Tigers have played in 51 series, going 20-26-5.
Eduardo Rodriguez has been a reliable starter for the Detroit Tigers this season, boasting an 11-9 record and 3.57 ERA. However, he has allowed four or more earned runs in two consecutive games. Opponents have managed to hit .231 against him with a slugging percentage of .362, while he has struck out 133 batters and issued 43 walks across the season.
The Tigers’ loss to the Dodgers was sealed with a score of 8-3, as Eduardo Rodriguez was unable to contain the opposition’s offense. The right-hander yielded five earned runs on five hits over a brief appearance on the mound.
In their five most recent games, the Tigers have put together a batting average of only .194, placing them 28th compared to the rest of the league. At 4 runs per game, Detroit is 28th in the MLB. This figure has come on a team batting average of .234 and OPS of .677 which has them 24th in baseball.
Kerry Carpenter has been the Tigers’ most productive hitter over their last five games, leading the team in hits and batting .240. So far this season, he is hitting .288 and has driven in 63 runs.
WILL THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Coming in with an overall record of 48-107, the Athletics are winners of three straight games. Through 49 series, they are 12-35-2 and in 5th place in the AL West. At home, they have gone 26-54 compared to 22-53 on the road.
The Athletics will turn to starter JP Sears, who has an overall record of 5-12. Through 30 appearances, his ERA is 4.52 with a K/9 of 8.27. His FIP stands at 5.17, and he has an OBP of .309 thus far in the 2023 season.
JP Sears’ last outing for the Athletics ended in a loss, as he allowed four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Mariners. This performance brings his season total to an 0-2 record with a 4.50 ERA.
Having gone deep 10 times in their last ten games, the Athletics are 8th in that span. At 3.6 runs per game, Oakland is 29th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .224 while hitting a total of 166 home runs (20th).
Over the Athletics’ past five contests, Zack Gelof has topped the squad in hits, boasting a .367 batting average. This season, Gelof is hitting .277 and has plated 29 runs.