In the last of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers (10-10) and the Oakland Athletics (11-11) at Comerica Park, Anibal Sanchez (2-2, 7.00 ERA) and Chris Bassitt (0-1, 4.44 ERA) get the start. The Tigers won the last game 9-4, and Detroit leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 28 and will air on FSDT and MLBN.
In his most recent outing, Sanchez pitched 2.1 innings, giving up seven runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking one in a 10-1 loss to the Indians. Victor Martinez (.302, 8 Rs, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Athletics were also unsuccessful the last time Bassitt pitched. He struggled, going 5.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out five and walking two in a 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays. Marcus Semien (.200, 8 Rs, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Tigers -130 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 9 at the moment.
The Tigers are 2-1 against the Athletics this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
For the sixth time this season, the Athletics registered at least two errors in a game.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 5-6 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-9. The Tigers have a 2-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Oakland has hit 23 this season. Detroit ranks ninth with 24 home runs.
Ranking 18th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.14 per game. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.80.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.669). Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .719.
The Athletics are 5-9 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Tigers are 5-7 when they allow at least one homer.