Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Bassitt vs. Anibal Sanchez
The Oakland Athletics visit Comerica Park on Thursday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Chris Bassitt for the Athletics and Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +125 and Detroit at -135. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Athletics have a 7-12-2 over/under record and a 11-10-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Tigers are 10-9-0 against the run line and have a 12-7-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Athletics head into this matchup with a 11-10 record, including 8-3 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Bassitt has a 0-1 record with an earned run average of 4.44 and a WHIP of 1.48. He has 18 strikeouts over his 24.1 innings pitched and he has given up 25 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.11. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.67 and they have given up 62 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the bullpen while being struck out 59 times and walking 10 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 8.48 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.33. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 178 base hits and 70 earned runs. They have allowed 20 home runs this season and they allow 1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 60 batters and struck out 166. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.26 and their FIP as a unit is 3.80.
As a team, Oakland is batting .239, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .262 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .377 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .288 which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.14 hits per game. Stephen Vogt comes into this game hitting .269 and his on-base percentage is at .306. He has 18 hits this season along with 9 runs scored and 5 runs batted in. He's struck out 11 times and has walked 3 times. Josh Reddick is hitting .292 and he has an on-base percentage of .366. He has totaled 21 hits so far while scoring 9 runs and he's driven in 11. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 12 times. The Athletics have 171 hits, including 25 doubles and 22 home runs. They've stolen 11 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 3 times. Oakland has walked 47 times this season and they've struck out 143 times as a unit. They've left 134 men on base and have a team OPS of .665. They score 3.52 runs per contest and have scored a total of 74 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 3-6 home record and a 9-10 overall mark. With an earned run average of 7.00, Anibal Sanchez has a 2-2 record and a 1.89 WHIP. He has 17 strikeouts over the 18 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 25 hits. He has allowed 12.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.76. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.09 and they have given up 68 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .268 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 45 times and walking 18 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.53 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.55 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.94. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 179 base knocks and 74 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 16 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 63 hitters and struck out 123. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.04.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .239 average at home. The Tigers hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.79 hits per contest. Miguel Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .254 and he has an OBP of .329. He has 18 hits this year along with 9 runs scored and 10 RBI. He's struck out 16 times and has walked on 8 occasions. Ian Kinsler is hitting .342 and he has an OBP of .361. He has collected 27 hits so far while he's scored 16 runs and drove in 12. He has earned a walk 2 times and has punched out 15 times. The Tigers as a unit have 167 base hits, including 28 doubles and 22 homers. They have 3 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 3 times. Detroit as a team has walked 47 times this year and they have struck out 171 times. They've had 126 men left on base and have an OPS of .701. They score 4.21 runs per game and have totaled 80 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 7-12-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 11-10-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 12-7-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 10-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/22/16 3B Danny Valencia Hamstring 15-day DL (4/21)
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 15-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13)
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/24/16 P Francisco Rodrigue Personal out indefinitely
04/24/16 P Shane Greene Finger left last game, doubtful next start
04/12/16 C James McCann Ankle 15-day DL (4/12)
04/04/16 CF Cameron Maybin Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Athletics
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