Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers Free Pick 05/17/19

Date | AuthorBTB Staff

Last Updated: 2019-05-17

The Oakland Athletics are set to do battle against the Detroit Tigers. This AL matchup will get underway at 7:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will be televising the game.

Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Oakland (-155) is entering this game as the favorite over Detroit (+145) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at nine runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total sit at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. You can also bet on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at -110 for the Athletics -1.5 runs and -110 for the Tigers +1.5 runs.

The Athletics are 20-25 SU and are 17-27 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 9.3 units for moneyline bettors in the season’s early going and 11.8 units ATS. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 18-24 SU and 19-22 ATS. They’ve gained 0.6 units for moneyline bettors while earning 5.3 units ATS.

Tigers games have an over/under record of 18-23 so far in 2019. The Athletics have an over/under record of 22-20-2.

The right-handed Frankie Montas will get the nod for the visiting Athletics. Montas is 4-2 with a 2.78 ERA and 42 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (0-0, 18.00 ERA over three innings).

The Tigers are handing the ball to lefty Daniel Norris (2-1, 3.63 ERA), who’s got 26 punchouts and 10 walks, along with a WHIP of 1.41. Norris did not re a start against the Athletics in 2018.

Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starters own a 4.36 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 6.99 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.17, along with a K-per-9 of 9.39.

The Athletics offense has slashed .240/.320/.408 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game this year, including 4.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Oakland’s offensive production has been sparked by shortstop Marcus Semien and right fielder Stephen Piscotty, who have combined to drive in 40 runs. Semien is slashing .271/.363/.407 with five home runs, 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored, while Piscotty has a .253 average with five homers, 19 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

For the home team, Detroit’s pitchers have yielded 5.3 runs per game overall in 2019. The club’s starters have a 4.42 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.84 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 8.0 K/9.

Detroit’s hitters are putting up 3.4 runs per contest, including 3.2 per game over its last 10 games and 2.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .185/.269/.344 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Miguel Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos have led the Tigers’ offense so far. Cabrera is slashing .285/.355/.344 with 43 hits, 15 RBIs and 12 runs scored, while Castellanos has produced a line of .263/.312/.431 with three homers, 12 RBIs and 25 runs.

The Athletics have gained 3.2 units and are 7-6 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to six that’ve gone under against lefties. On the other hand, the Tigers have netted 0.1 units and are 15-19 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 12 of those games, as opposed to 22 which went under the total.

Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – UNDER


Betting Trends

The under has hit in four of Detroit’s last seven games.

The Tigers have lost five of their last six games SU.

Detroit has posted 16.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 14.4 over its last five.

The Athletics have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.

The Athletics have a total OPS of .728 this season and an OPS of .825 against left-handed pitchers. The Tigers’ OPS sits at .666 overall and .764 against lefties.

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