MLB Picks: Tigers vs. Athletics ALDS Game 1

Jeff Grant

Friday, October 4, 2013 3:19 PM GMT

The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will meet up in the postseason for a second consecutive year, as the two teams open up a best-of-five series Friday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for Game 1 of this American League Division Series at O.co Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:37 p.m. ET on TBS.

Deja Vu 

Detroit will look to advance past Oakland for a second consecutive postseason, as it landed in this series by capturing the AL Central division by a single game over the Cleveland Indians. 

The Tigers are 9-12 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 since the start of the regular season, with the UNDER going 12-8-1 in that situation. 

Offensively, the team is led by MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera, who hit .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs in 2013.

Don’t sleep on the underdog 

Oakland is continuing to fight for respect due to its lack of star power, but the club did capture the AL West division by 5.5 games over the Texas Rangers.  The Athletics scored 767 runs during the regular season—just 29 fewer than the high-powered Tigers. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a money-making 27-22 as home underdogs of +100 to +125, with the OVER going 27-18-4 in those 49 opportunities. 

Scherzer 

Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90 ERA) won his final two regular-season outings, which included a 1-0 road victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 25, as he allowed just two hits over seven frames.

The right-hander is 9-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 16 road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .177 against him. 

In six career games versus the Athletics, Scherzer has compiled a 2-1 record and 4.20 ERA. 

Colon 

Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (18-6, 2.65 ERA) finished the regular season with a flourish, which included an 8-2 road victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sept. 27, as he surrendered two runs and three hits over six innings of work. 

The right-hander is 8-3 with a 2.58 ERA in 16 home games, with opposing hitters batting .265 against him. 

In 27 career games (26 starts) versus the Tigers, Colon has tallied a losing 8-10 record and 5.40 ERA, including an 0-7 mark and 6.93 ERA in his last 14 appearances against them. 

Let's review the Series Price for the A's vs. Tigers~

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that you back the Total for your MLB Picks, as the OVER is 6-2 in the Athletics’ last eight games as a home underdog. 

MLB Pick: Over 6.5 from William Hill