Detroit Tigers vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 4/15/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Location: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+145) Oakland (-157)
Tarik Skubal and the Detroit Tigers (5-6, 5th in AL Central) travel to RingCentral Coliseum on Thursday where they'll meet the Oakland Athletics (5-7, 4th in AL West). The Athletics open this matchup at -157 while the Tigers are priced at +145. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Tarik Skubal and Sean Manaea.
The Tigers have tallied 11 doubles as a squad and have knocked 19 baseballs out of the park. Detroit owns a slugging percentage of .421 and have been called out on strikes 109 times, while taking a walk on 35 occasions. As a team, the Detroit Tigers are scoring 3.9 runs per game, which puts them at 25th in the league. They have tallied 43 RBI's and 79 base knocks for the year, while their team batting average is at .220. They are sitting with 43 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .290.
The Tigers have an ERA of 5.20 so far this season (27th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 89 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 44 batters and their FIP sits at 5.14 as a team on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.02 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.39. Tigers pitchers have surrendered 18 long balls and also 58 total runs (8th in the league).
The Tigers have sent 33 relievers to the mound this year. The relievers have inherited 10 runners so far this year and 30.0% of those runners ended up scoring. They have earned 2 saves on the campaign and have blown 2 of 4 chances to get a save. The Tigers relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 50.0% and has entered the game in 9 save situations. The relief pitchers have notched 5 holds for the year (15th in baseball). Tigers relief pitchers have entered the contest with players on base 8 times in addition to having 4 appearances in high leverage situations.
Skubal (1-5 mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 6.13 while he has gone up against 175 opposing hitters in the majors. He has given up 37 hits (8.1 hits per 9 innings) and has 16 free passes. His ERA is 6.10 (28 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.282. Skubal has taken the ball for 41 innings and has earned 44 strikeouts in his pro baseball career.
The Oakland Athletics have accounted for a team on-base percentage of .295 as well as a team batting average of .211 so far this year. They have been called out on strikes on 119 occasions (3rd in baseball) and have earned a total of 84 base knocks. Oakland has accumulated 12 home runs for the year as well as 46 RBIs. The Athletics have a team slugging percentage of .354 and they average 4.00 runs per contest (22nd in the league). They have 15 two-baggers, while getting a free base 40 times as well as scoring 48 runs.
The Athletics are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.556 with a FIP of 5.22 as a pitching staff on the year. They are sitting at 1st in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 120. The Oakland pitching staff have surrendered 74 runs on the year while holding a team ERA of 6.00 (72 earned runs surrendered). They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.85 (89 strikeouts against 48 walks). They have relinquished 18 long balls and they relinquish 6.17 runs per 9 innings (30th in baseball).
Oakland has had relief pitchers enter the game in 1 save chance and they have tallied 1 save. They rank 2nd in baseball holding a save rate of 100%, and they have dispatched 47 bullpen pitchers onto the field so far this season. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 10 times in high leverage situations and on 16 occasions with runners on. Oakland relievers hold an inherited score rate of 41.7% out of their 24 inherited base runners. Sitting with 5 save situations, the Athletics have amassed 4 holds and also 0 blown saves.
Thus far in his career, Manaea has given up 528 base hits while he has accumulated 455 punch outs in 558 frames. He has surrendered a total of 240 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.202 and a FIP of 4.1. His K/BB ratio is 3.18 and he has gone up against 2,317 hitters during his career. Manaea (39-32 career record) has earned a 3.87 earned run average while allowing 8.5 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oakland (-157)
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