Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers 7/2/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 7/1/2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 1:08 PM on FSDT
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Oakland Athletics - Chavez, J (6-4) vs. Detroit Tigers - Verlander, J (6-7)
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Wednesday afternoon, the Oakland Athletics will take the field behind Jesse Chavez as the square off against the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander. It will be the 17th start for Chavez and the 18th for Verlander.
Jesse Chavez pitched to his 2nd straight no decision in his last outing and that kept his record at 6 - 4 with a 2.94 ERA. In that start, Chavez gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in 5 innings of work as he walked 3 and struck out 5. It's been tough for Chavez to find some consistency this season as he joined the starting rotation. Last season, he worked exclusively out of the bullpen as he compiled a record of 2 - 4 with a save and an ERA of 3.92 in 35 relief appearances.
In 2013, Chavez didn't face the Tigers but he has a start against them this season. In that outing, Chavez took the loss after giving up 3 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings.
Justin Verlander threw to a 2nd straight no-decision his last time out and that held his record at 6 - 7 with a 4.80 ERA. In that outing, Verlander surrendered 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings. He walked a batter and struck out 8. The 2 no-decisions were welcome for Verlander on the back of 3 straight losses. At the pace he is on, he might just equal 2013's results when he went 12 - 13 with a 3.46 ERA in 34 starts.
Last season, Verlander was 1 - 1 with a 3.27 ERA in 2 starts against the A's. Overall, the A's are batting just .207 against Verlander with 31 hits, a homer and 11 RBIs in 150 at-bats.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 41-36-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.7
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit Tigers are 41-33-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Detroit Tigers is 0.2
Injuries to Watch
06/30/14 C Derek Norris Back questionable
06/29/14 RF Josh Reddick Knee 15-day DL (6/26)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 15-day DL (6/23)
06/17/14 P Drew Pomeranz Hand 15-day DL (6/16)
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 60-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Eric O'Flaherty Elbow 60-day DL (2/17)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
06/25/14 P Ian Krol Shoulder 15-day DL (6/21)
06/25/14 P Luke Putkonen Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
05/02/14 P Joel Hanrahan Elbow 15-day DL (5/2)
03/28/14 LF Andy Dirks Back 60-day DL (3/29)
03/28/14 P Bruce Rondon Elbow 60-day DL (3/29), out for season
03/27/14 SS Jose Iglesias Stress Fracture 60-day DL (3/29); out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Oakland
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