Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Jesse Chavez (1-4, 2.89 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (17-30) go up against David Price (3-1, 3.32 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (26-20) in the second of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 4-0 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 26 and will air on FSN-DET and CSN-CA.
Chavez has a 9.90 ERA and a 0-3 record in his career against the Tigers, and faces a strong Detroit offense that's hitting .278 on the year. Josh Reddick (.314, 22 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. In his career against the Athletics, Price is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA. He meets a solid Oakland offense that's batting .257. Miguel Cabrera (.344, 26 Rs, 11 HRs, 32 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Tigers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Oakland is a slight underdog (-105) and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Athletics have a losing record of 7-11 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -1,902. Don't expect the Oakland hitters to swing wildly. They average only 6.8 strikeouts per game.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Tigers come into this game with a win percentage of .567 when playing as the favorite (17-13) and an overall money line of +397. The Tigers rank fifth in the AL in road scoring, averaging four runs per game. The Tigers have racked up 41 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league.
So far this season, the Athletics are 1-0 against the Tigers. The Athletics will take on a left-hander (Price) in this game. They have struggled against left-handed starting pitchers this season, going 1-9. Taking the hill against the Tigers will be the right-hander Chavez. They sport a 19-16 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
Oakland earned its seventh shutout of the season in its last game. Detroit has been shut out one time 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.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 5-4 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Tigers, as the Athletics have won their last three games while the Tigers have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 14-7. The Tigers have a 23-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total runs this season, Oakland ranks eighth with 203 runs and Detroit is ninth with 200.
Oakland and Detroit both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Oakland sits at seventh with 150 this season and Detroit ranks sixth with 151.
The Athletics are 11-15 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 18-6 when they hit at least one homer.