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2021 MLB Handicapping
(6-6) Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics (5-7)
Date: Thursday, April 15th, 2021
Time: 9:40 PM ET
Venue: Oakland Coliseum
Projected Pitchers: Tarik Skubal vs Sean Manaea
MLB Moneyline Odds: Tigers +145 | Athletics -157
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Tigers +1.5 , Athletics -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
The O.Co Coliseum will play host to an American League matchup Thursday as the Oakland A’s welcome the Detroit Tigers to the west Coast.
The Tigers are coming off an unexpected yet impressive three game sweep on the road against the Houston Astros. Detroit looks to keep their success against the AL West going Thursday.
The Tigers offense has brought itself back to life following an underwhelming 2020 season. Entering Thursday, the Tigers have 19 home runs as a team, the second most in all of baseball.
While the offense has been solid, all of those home runs have come against right-handers. The Tigers will face a southpaw Thursday in Sean Manaea, and the Tigers are hitting .188 this year against lefties.
The Tigers will need to find more consistent production against southpaws if they want their success to continue. They are ranked just 22nd in the league in average as squad.
Oakland lost six in a row to begin the year, but have since rattled off four consecutive victories. The A’s won their last game Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-5.
The A’s are still struggling offensively to start the year. They are hitting just .203 as a team and have mustered up just 73 hits. The A’s have 43 runs as a team and have hit nine home runs.
Pitching wise, Oakland has not fared much better. The A’s are allowing their opponents to hit over .280 against them and their team ERA is north of 6.
Sean Manaea gets the starting call for the Athletics in this one. Manaea is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA through his first 10.2 innings of the season with Oakland. He has not started off 2021 strong, but after a really bad start against the Astros in his season debut, he picked himself back up against Houston and rebounded back on April 9.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Oakland is 21-5 in their last 26 against the Tigers.
- Tigers are 17-38 in their last 55 during game 1 of a series.
- Tigers are 4-9 in their last 13 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Tigers are 57-135 in their last 192 overall.
- Tigers are 56-133 in their last 189 games on grass.
- Athletics are 43-13 in their last 56 vs. American League Central.
- Athletics are 40-14 in their last 54 games vs. a left-handed starter.
Free Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
Oakland will dominate this game. The Tigers have lost eight o their last 10 games where Skubal has pitched and he will give the A’s a good opportunity to get their bats going once again. The Tigers have not done well against Oakland or left handed pitchers in recent memory, which doesn’t set them up for success Thursday.
The A’s have won seven of their last eight matchups at home against the Tigers as well. Another pick to look at here is the team total under for the Tigers. The A’s should get plenty of runs off Skubal and the Tigers staff, but I can’t trust the Tigers to do the same offensively. Given their recent track record against lefties, I’d take their team total under as well.
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