Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Pelfrey vs. Rich Hill
The Detroit Tigers visit O.co Coliseum on Sunday to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Mike Pelfrey for the Tigers and Rich Hill for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +152 and Oakland at -162. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Tigers have a 30-15-2 over/under record and a 27-20-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 58% of the time. The Athletics are 24-25-0 against the run line and have a 25-22-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
The Tigers head into this matchup with a 24-23 record, including 12-12 on the road. Starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey has a 0-4 record with an earned run average of 5.55 and a WHIP of 1.81. He has 26 strikeouts over his 47 innings pitched and he has given up 67 hits so far this season. He has allowed 12.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.89. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have given up 142 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the bullpen while being struck out 115 times and walking 45 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.25 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.53 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.35. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 425 base hits and 200 earned runs. They have allowed 54 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 143 batters and struck out 346. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.22.
As a team, Detroit is batting .268, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .266 average away from home. The Tigers hold a .441 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.23 hits per game. Nick Castellanos comes into this game hitting .341 and his on-base percentage is at .369. He has 57 hits this season along with 23 runs scored and 32 runs batted in. He's struck out 38 times and has walked 9 times. Ian Kinsler is hitting .314 and he has an on-base percentage of .360. He has totaled 59 hits so far while scoring 41 runs and he's driven in 24. He has walked 11 times and has struck out 30 times. The Tigers have 433 hits, including 76 doubles and 61 home runs. They've stolen 14 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Detroit has walked 128 times this season and they've struck out 403 times as a unit. They've left 318 men on base and have a team OPS of .764. They score 4.57 runs per contest and have scored a total of 215 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this matchup with a 8-16 home record and a 20-29 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.18, Rich Hill has a 7-3 record and a 1.11 WHIP. He has 65 strikeouts over the 57.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 43 hits. He has allowed 6.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.74. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.27 and they have given up 165 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 157 times and walking 48 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.55 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.61 batters per nine. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.86. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 458 base knocks and 233 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 63 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 157 hitters and struck out 365. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.52.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .219 average at home. The Athletics hold a .382 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .292 which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.24 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup batting .309 and he has an OBP of .351. He has 38 hits this year along with 10 runs scored and 18 RBI. He's struck out 19 times and has walked on 8 occasions. Josh Reddick is hitting .322 and he has an OBP of .394. He has collected 47 hits so far while he's scored 21 runs and drove in 18. He has earned a walk 18 times and has punched out 22 times. The Athletics as a unit have 404 base hits, including 66 doubles and 51 homers. They have 26 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 10 times. Oakland as a team has walked 110 times this year and they have struck out 336 times. They've had 307 men left on base and have an OPS of .674. They score 3.82 runs per game and have totaled 187 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 30-15-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 27-20-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 25-22-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 24-25-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/28/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Groin "?" next start
04/28/16 P Shane Greene Finger 15-day DL (4/25)
04/04/16 P Daniel Norris Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
05/23/16 P Sonny Gray Trapezius 15-day DL (5/21)
05/20/16 RF Josh Reddick Thumb 15-day DL (5/20)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 P Liam Hendriks Tricep 15-day DL (5/9)
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 15-day DL (5/9), out for season
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13), out for season
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics
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