Jordan Zimmermann (3-0, 0.00 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (1-1, 2.04 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers (8-9) and the Oakland Athletics (10-9) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on CSCA and FSDT.
Zimmermann pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 3-2 win over the Royals. J.D. Martinez (.312, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Graveman went 6.1 innings, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking three in a 5-2 win over the Yankees in his most recent start. Chris Coghlan (.192, 7 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Detroit and Oakland are Detroit -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Tigers, who rank second in the AL in strikeouts per game with 6.9.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
Detroit has won 43% (3-4) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Oakland has won 67% (4-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are heading in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 6-1. The Athletics have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Oakland sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 66 this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 72.
Both Detroit and Oakland are tied at 26th in walks with a total of 46 this season.
The Tigers are 7-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 7-5 when they hit at least one homer.