Jesse Hahn (1-4, 4.43 ERA) and Shane Greene (4-2, 4.05 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (16-30) and the Detroit Tigers (26-19) at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 25 and can be seen on FSN-DET and ESPN.
Hahn pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking two in a 6-1 defeat to the Astros. Josh Reddick (.309, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Greene went 6.1 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-2 defeat to the Brewers in his last outing. Miguel Cabrera (.344, 26 Rs, 11 HRs, 32 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Detroit is a slim -106 favorite over Oakland. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -2,002 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 7-11. The Athletics have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.6 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 6.8 per game.
In games where it is the favorite, Detroit has a 17-12 record and an overall money line of +544. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fifth in the AL. The Tigers have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 136 extra base hits. The Tigers are an excellent base stealing team with 41 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB.
The Athletics have a 14-21 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Greene takes the mound. Hahn (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 19-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Detroit is 13-6, while Oakland is 7-18.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 5-3 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 two games while the Tigers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 13-7. The Tigers have a 23-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 199 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at fifth with 200.
Oakland and Detroit both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Oakland sits at eighth with 149 this season and Detroit ranks sixth with 150.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 11-15. When the Tigers hit at least one homer, they have an 18-6 record.