Scott Kazmir (2-3, 3.09 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (17-31) take on Alfredo Simon (5-2, 2.67 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (27-20) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Tigers won the last game 1-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 27 and can be seen on FSN-DET, CSN-CA and MLB Net.
Kazmir is 5-5 with a 3.51 ERA in his appearances against the Tigers, and goes up against a quality Detroit offense which is batting .276 this season. Stephen Vogt (.313, 22 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Simon is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA against the Athletics in his career. He is up against a good Oakland offense that's batting .255. Miguel Cabrera (.341, 26 Rs, 11 HRs, 32 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oakland is a -122 favorite against Detroit and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -1,802 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 10-19. The Athletics have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.1 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.3 runs per game. Oakland's batters do not strike out very often, with only 6.7 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Detroit has a 9-7 record and an overall money line of +297. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fifth in the AL. The Tigers are an excellent base stealing team with 42 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Athletics have a 16-21 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Simon takes the mound. Kazmir (LHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have very good records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 5-2 and 7-3, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Athletics are 2-14. The Tigers are 10-8 in close games this season.
Oakland has won 28% (7-18) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 68% (13-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Athletics are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 2-14. The Athletics have a 3-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Detroit has hit 38 this season. Oakland ranks 14th with 42 home runs.
Oakland and Detroit both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Oakland sits at third with 8.98 hits per game and Detroit ranks second with 9.52.
Ranking 16th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.708). Detroit ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .759.
The Tigers are 10-13 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 2-19 when they allow at least one homer.