Oakland shoots for the sweep of slumping Detroit Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. Where does the betting value lie today's MLB picks match-up?
A's-Tigers Thursday Betting Odds
As of early Thursday AM, most MLB odds shops were chalking Detroit and Shane Greene by around -125 over Oakland and Jesse Hahn, with a total of 8.5 runs.
Oakland (22-33) has taken the first two games of this series, by scores of 5-3 Tuesday and 6-1 Wednesday. So the A's have won five of their last six games, while Detroit (28-26) has lost six in a row.
Also, while going 2-7 over their last nine games the Tigers have scored a total of 18 runs, and six of those came in one game.
Today's pitching match-up is a rematch of a game ten days ago, won by Oakland 4-0.
Greene (4-4, 5.19) has run a bit hot-'n-cold this season, and at the moment he's chilly. Two starts ago he gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings against these A's, and last time out he got bombed for seven runs in less than two innings – giving up five homers - against the Angels. The Tigers are 2-4 over Greene's last six starts.
Hahn (2-5, 3.77) struggled through a rough stretch a few weeks ago, but has been better as of late. Last time out he gave up three ER in six innings against the Yankees, and over his last four starts, covering 27 1/3 innings, he's allowed eight ER. Oakland is just 2-8 in Hahn's starts this season, but not all that is his fault.
In his only career start against Detroit, 10 days ago, Hahn tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout in a 4-0 A's victory.
Thursday's Batting Splits
Oakland ranks third in the Majors this season with a .738 team OPS against right-handed pitching, while Detroit ranks sixth against righties with a .737 OPS.
A's-Tigers Free Picks
At the moment these two teams are headed in different directions, and the team headed in the right direction is an underdog on the betting line. The best MLB betting value today resides with the A's. Also, the UNDERS are 4-0-1 in this series this season, and 15-11 in games played at Comerica Park.