MLB Picks: Verlander & Tigers vs. Gray & Athletics

Jeff Grant

Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:23 PM GMT

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 12:23 PM GMT

The Oakland Athletics have been one of the more resilient teams in baseball this season, as they look to bounce back against the Detroit Tigers Saturday night. 


Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball odds for our Game 2 MLB picks on this American League Division Series at the O.co Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:07 p.m. ET on TBS. 

Success after winning the opener 

Detroit hasn’t lost a postseason series under manager Jim Leyland after winning Game 1, which should have MLB handicappers taking a look at the futures market leading up to Saturday’s first pitch, as the club picked up a 3-2 victory over Oakland as -115 road favorites last night. 

The Tigers are 2-5 in their last seven games as a betting odds favorite of -110 to -150, with the UNDER going on a 6-1 run in that situation. 

Home-field advantage 

Oakland has the ability to get back into this best-of-five series, considering they played in front of their largest home crowd since 2004 in the opener, while they compiled a 52-29 record during the regular season at this venue.

The Athletics are 37-18 in their last 55 home games versus teams with a winning road record.

Verlander

Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46 ERA) has watched the club drop nine of his last 10 trips to the mound, including a no-decision effort in a 1-0 road setback to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

The right-hander is 7-5 with a 3.19 ERA in 17 road games, with opposing hitters batting .251 against him.

In 15 career games versus the Athletics, Verlander has compiled a 8-6 record and 2.48 ERA, including a 1-1 mark and 3.27 ERA in two efforts in 2013.

Let's see what the Series Price for this 5 game set is~

Gray

Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray (5-3, 2.67 ERA) has led the team to four consecutive victories, including a 9-0 road win over the Seattle Mariners last time out, as he surrendered just three hits over five impressive innings.

The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA in six home starts, issuing eight walks and striking out 38 batters in 40.2 combined frames.

Gray will be making his first career appearance against the Tigers, as he didn’t face them during his rookie campaign.

 

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Athletics for their sports picks, as they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games following a loss.

MLB Pick: Oakland Athletics +116

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