Alfredo Simon (5-2, 2.67 ERA) is on the hill for the Detroit Tigers (28-24) as they square off against Kendall Graveman (2-2, 5.79 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (20-33) in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park. Action begins at 7:08 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 2 and can be seen on CSN-CA and FSN-DET.
Simon is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his appearances against the Athletics, and goes up against a quality Oakland offense which is batting .257 this season. Miguel Cabrera (.333, 28 Rs, 11 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run. Graveman went 5.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Yankees in his last outing. Stephen Vogt (.322, 25 Rs, 11 HRs, 38 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Detroit and Oakland are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. 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.
Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.6 per game, ranking third in the AL. The Athletics allow 4.2 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.2 runs per game during that span.
The Tigers lead the season series, 2-1. The Tigers have a 20-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Graveman takes the mound. Simon (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 17-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
Oakland won its last game in a shutout, its eighth of the season. Detroit has been shut out two times this season.
When the Tigers play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Athletics are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 5-5 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 16-9. The Tigers have a 24-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th, Detroit is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 214 this season. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 222.
Ranking 10th, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 162 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at third with 175.
The Tigers are 19-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 14-15 when they hit at least one homer.