Shane Greene (4-4, 5.19 ERA) and Jesse Hahn (2-5, 3.77 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (28-26) and the Oakland Athletics (22-33) at Comerica Park. The Tigers lost the last game 6-1, continuing a six-game losing streak. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 4 and can be seen on FSN-DET and MLB Network.
Greene pitched 1.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out one and walking one in an 8-6 defeat to the Angels. Miguel Cabrera (.335, 29 Rs, 11 HRs, 35 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Against the Tigers, Hahn is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, and five strikeouts. Josh Reddick (.301, 23 Rs, 8 HRs, 32 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Detroit is a -123 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have an overall money line of -27 and a record as the favorite of 18-16. Detroit is a disappointing 1-5 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Tigers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.1 runs per game. Detroit is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 45 bases.
In the other locker room, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -1,754 and a disappointing record of 8-12 as the underdog. Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.7 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. The Athletics allow 4.2 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.0 runs per game during that span.
The Athletics lead the season series, 3-2. The Tigers have a 20-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hahn takes the mound. Greene (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have an 18-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
Oakland recorded at least two errors for the 10th time this season.
The Tigers are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Athletics are 0-6 in such matchups.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 5-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 2-18. The Athletics have a 4-20 record when opponents outhit them.
Detroit ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 41 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 48.
Detroit and Oakland both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Detroit sits at second with 9.21 hits per game and Oakland ranks third with 8.91.
Ranking 15th, Oakland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.710). Detroit ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .738.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 4-21. When the Tigers allow one or more homers, they have a 10-18 record.