Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.73 ERA) gets the start for the Oakland Athletics (11-10) as they meet Justin Verlander (1-2, 5.79 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (9-10) in the third of a four-game series at Comerica Park. The Athletics won the last game 5-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 27 and will air on CSCA and FSDT.
In his last start, Verlander pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 2-1 loss to the Indians. Ian Kinsler (.342, 16 Rs, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Athletics were victorious over the Blue Jays 8-5 the last time Gray pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out seven and walking three. Josh Reddick (.292, 9 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Athletics, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Detroit -110 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
Detroit has won 44% (4-5) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Oakland has won 62% (5-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 1-2 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 7-1. The Athletics have a 9-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Oakland has earned 74 this season. Detroit ranks 16th with 80 runs.
Both Detroit and Oakland are tied at 29th in walks with a total of 47 this season.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 8-4, well-matched with the Athletics who are 8-5 when hitting one or more homers.