On the verge of being swept in Houston, Brandon Inge rallied Detroit with a 9th-inning homer on Sunday. Now the Tigers look to keep that momentum going in Oakland against the A's.
It appeared the AL Central leading Tigers would get swept in their first series of their current nine-game road trip, but a clutch homer by Brandon Inge put Detroit in the win column versus Houston on Sunday. Detroit will look to ride that momentum into a three-game series in Oakland with the first game set for Monday night.
The Athletics have lost five straight and are a league-worst 5-13 since June 9. The Tigers outscored the Athletics 34-9 during a three-game sweep in Detroit back in May, but the Tigers have struggled here when facing the Athletics, losing seven of their last eight trips to the Bay Area.
Oakland will send Brett Anderson to the bump with his record of 3-7 and 5.74 ERA. He has only faced the Tigers once and that was back in May giving up nine runs and six hits in 3.1 innings of work in a 14-1 loss.
The Tigers will send Rick Porcello to the hill with his 8-4 record and an ERA of 3.55. Porcello is 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA in five starts this month, and in his only appearance against the Athletics in May he threw for six innings allowing one run and three hits in a 9-1 win. We expect more of the same as the Tigers ride the momentum of Sunday's win over Houston and Porcellos arm to a victory.
The Athletics are 9-26 (-17.2) when playing against a team with a winning record this season. Detroit is 22-6 (+14.2) after six consecutive games versus interleague opponents the last three seasons and 14-4 (+9.4) against AL West opponents this season. Lay the chalk with the Tigers as they get the win on Monday night over the Athletics.
Projected Final Score: Detroit-6 Oakland-5
Free Pick: Tigers -122