MLB Picks: Athletics vs. Tigers Betting Odds

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:37 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 12:37 PM GMT

Some key offensive players for both the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers are dealing with injuries, which will lead to a low-scoring affair at Comerica Park Tuesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League matchup, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:08 p.m. ET.

Still the best
Oakland still possesses the best record in baseball despite last night’s 5-4 defeat to Detroit as +115 road underdogs, as its run differential of plus-134 is more than double the next closest team in that all-important statistical category.

The Athletics are the only team in the Majors with three players with 50 or more RBI, but they could be without the services of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in this affair, as he left Monday’s game with back tightness.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 3-9 when the betting total is 9 to 9.5 during the 2014 campaign, with the UNDER going 7-3-2 in that situation.


Don’t call it a comeback
Detroit is coming off its first walk-off grand slam in nearly 10 years, but it may struggle to carry over that momentum at the plate due to a recent injury to its designated hitter.

Victor Martinez was scratched from last night’s series opener due to lower back soreness—a big loss due to his .347 career batting average against the Athletics being the highest such figure among active players.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 34-18 in July, with the OVER enjoying a slight 23-22-7 edge.


Mills
Athletics starting pitcher Brad Mills (1-0, 4.35 ERA) was acquired from the Milwaukee Braves on June 17 in a minor league trade for cash considerations, while he spent the entire season at Triple-A Nashville—compiling a 4-2 record and 1.56 ERA.

The right-hander picked up a 8-5 road victory over the New York Mets last week, as he allowed three runs and nine hits over 6.1 innings of work.

Miller will look to keep the ball in the yard in his first career appearance versus the Tigers, as he allowed just 0.60 home runs per nine innings in the Pacific Coast League before his call up.


Porcello
Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello (10-4, 3.41 ERA) picked up his second career complete game victory last time out, as he scattered just three hits in a 6-0 road win over the Texas Rangers.

The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six home games, which includes a 0-2 mark and 6.05 ERA in his last three trips to the mound in the Motor City.

In 10 career games (nine starts) versus the Athletics, Porcello has registered a 3-5 record and 4.36 ERA.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the UNDER is 35-25-3 in the Tigers’ last 63 home games with a betting total of 9 to 9.5 in the marketplace.
MLB Betting Pick:  Under 9 

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