Rich Hill (7-3, 2.18 ERA) takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics (21-29) as they go up against Mike Pelfrey (0-4, 5.55 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (24-24) in the last of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 12-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 29 and will air on CSCA and FSDT.
In his last start, Hill pitched 8.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out six in a 5-0 victory over the Mariners. Danny Valencia (.311, 19 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with three runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Tigers were also victorious the last time Pelfrey pitched. He struggled, going 6.0 innings, giving up four runs and striking out three in a 5-4 victory over the Phillies.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Athletics -130 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Tigers have mostly come out on top against the Athletics in their previous six games this season, earning a 4-2 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
When leading after seven innings, Detroit is 10-13, while Oakland is 9-13.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Athletics have a 6-14 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 19-6. The Athletics have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 199 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 12th with 218.
Oakland and Detroit both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Oakland sits at 28th with 111 this season and Detroit ranks 24th with 132.
The Athletics are 17-14 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 22-13 when they hit at least one homer.