Sonny Gray (6-2, 1.82 ERA) takes the hill for the Oakland Athletics (21-33) as they square off against Anibal Sanchez (3-6, 5.75 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (28-25) in the second of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers lost the last game 5-3, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:08 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 3 and can be seen on CSN-CA and FSN-DET.
Sanchez is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in his appearances against the Athletics, and goes up against a good Oakland offense which is batting .256 this season. Miguel Cabrera (.332, 29 Rs, 11 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Against the Tigers, Gray is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and five strikeouts.
Detroit is a narrow -112 favorite at home against Oakland. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The Tigers have an overall money line of +93 and a record as the favorite of 18-15. Detroit is a disappointing 1-4 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Tigers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.1 runs per game. The Tigers lead the AL in hits at home with an impressive 9.5 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 -1,864 and a disappointing record of 7-12 as the underdog. Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.6 per game, ranking third in the AL. Oakland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.71 ERA.
The Tigers have a 20-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gray takes the mound. Sanchez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 17-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
Oakland has won 32% (9-19) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 64% (14-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Tigers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are coming in with a 5-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Tigers, as the Athletics have won their last two games while the Tigers have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 16-9. The Tigers have a 24-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th, Detroit is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 217 this season. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 227.
Ranking 10th, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 167 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at third with 177.
The Tigers are 19-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 15-15 when they hit at least one homer.