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(23-23) Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics (20-28)
Date: Saturday May 28, 2016
Time: 8:05 PM ET
Venue: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Projected Pitchers: Jordan Zimmerman vs Jesse Hahn
MLB Moneyline Odds: A’s -124
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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A favorite in the AL Central entering the year, the Tigers are currently .500 but have not been getting the expected production from big free agent signee Justin Upton.
Will the matchup against Jesse Hahn and the A’s be the game he finally gets it going?
Justin Upton signed a massive offseason deal with the Detroit Tigers, signing on for 6-years at a price tag of $132.75-million.
To date, his career in Motor City has not been a bright spot, as he is currently hitting just .223 with only 2 homers on the year in 166 ABs.
Thankfully for Upton and the Tigers, a breakout from once top prospect Nick Castellanos has help offset Upton’s lack of production.
The aging but still effective Victor Martinez leads the team with a .338 BA, which is good for a top-5 ranking in the AL. Miguel Cabrera is still Miggy, providing 11 HR and a .322 BA.
The Tigers on a whole have hit .267 on the year with 60 homers.
Cameron Maybin has been en fuego, hitting .565 with a HR and 4 steals in 9 games since coming off the DL.
Jordan Zimmerman has been a revelation for the Tigers so far, going 7-2 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP thus far. Zimmerman, another key off-season acquisition, is living up to his free agent price tag ($110-million over 5 years) much more than Upton early on.
He is, however, coming off a groin strain, but should he be even close to 100% he shouldn’t have much trouble handling the weak hitting A’s and their .244 team average.
He also gets to benefit against pitching against a lineup without one of the key hitters in Josh Reddick, who is currently out with a fractured rib.
The Athletics have not given another Cinderella story this season, currently sitting at 20-28 which is good for a tie in last in the AL West.
They are also missing their best all-around hitter in Josh Reddick, who had a .322 average and 5 homers before being sidelined with the rib injury.
The A’s, beyond the hot bats of Khris Davis (13 HR) and Danny Valencia (.306 and 6 HR), don’t have much lineup depth.
Marcus Semien has 10 HR but is hitting just .219, Stephen Vogt is having a down year with a .252 BA and 4 HR, and Jed Lowrie has yet to hit a round-tripper.
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Jesse Hahn has a 1-2 record in 2016 with a 4.07 ERA and 9 K on the season. He is making his second start since being recalled from AAA, coming off a 5 2/3 inning performance where he allowed 4 runs and took the loss.
It won’t being an easy task for Hahn in this one either, facing a Tigers offense that has 5 of their 9 players in their lineup hitting above the .300 mark.
Ryan Madson is also coming off of 2 consecutive blown saves and there are questions swirling whether former closer Sean Doolittle will regain the role.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Tigers are 12-11 on the road
- Detroit has gone 8-2 in their last 10 games
- Zimmermann has only allowed more than 3 earned runs in a game once this season
- Oakland is 8-15 at home
- The A’s are 4-6 in their past 10
Free Detroit Tigers vs Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
Advantage Detroit all over the map in this one, from on the mound to in the field, or on the stick or in the pen, I’ll take the Tigers all day.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Detroit -1.5
Oakland is missing their best hitter and sends an SP to the mound who hasn’t had success this season.
Detroit -1.5, book it.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Detroit 6-2
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