Oakland Athletics vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, 8/31/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Detroit Tigers
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (-135) Detroit (+110)
Cole Irvin and the Oakland Athletics (72-59, 2nd in AL West) go to Comerica Park on Tuesday where they'll take on the Detroit Tigers (62-69, 3rd in AL Central). The Athletics open this game at -135 while the Tigers are coming in at +110. The O/U opens at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Cole Irvin and Tarik Skubal.
As a team, the Oakland Athletics are putting up 4.4 runs per game, which puts them at 17th in baseball. They are sitting with 579 runs scored while having a team OBP of .315. The Athletics have tallied 218 doubles as a unit and have smacked 162 balls out of the stadium. They have compiled 542 RBI's and 1,021 base knocks so far this season, while their team batting average is sitting at .235. Oakland is slugging .404 and have been called out on strikes 1,113 times, while drawing a walk on 443 occasions.
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The Athletics are sitting with a team earned run average of 3.72 on the campaign (7th in the league), and they have struck out 1,083 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.07 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.21. Athletics pitchers have allowed 142 home runs and also 518 runs in total (6th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 353 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.92 as a team on the season.
The Athletics have dispatched 399 relief pitchers to the mound for the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 136 base runners on the year with 35.3% of those runners earned a run for their team. They have accumulated 33 saves so far this season and have not converted 21 of their 54 chances to get a save. The Athletics relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 61.1% and stepped onto the hill in 112 save situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 58 holds so far this season (19th in the league). Athletics pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 96 times and also have had 116 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Athletics have turned 70.5% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 10,464 innings on the field, which ranks them 7th in the majors. The Oakland Athletics have accounted for 3,488 putouts thus far, in addition to 1,057 assists and 57 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .988 which is 3rd in pro baseball, and they have turned 885 double plays.
Irvin has taken the ball for 189 innings and is sitting with 132 punch outs during his MLB career. Irvin (11-14 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.06 while he has faced 814 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.41 (93 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.318. He has given up 205 base knocks (9.7 hits per nine innings) and has had 45 free passes.
The Tigers have a team slugging % of .395 and they are recording 4.28 runs per contest (20th in baseball). They have put up 186 doubles, while walking 395 times and scoring 561 runs. Detroit is sitting with 143 home runs for the season and 541 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 1,242 instances (4th in baseball) and are sitting with 1,039 base hits. The Detroit Tigers have recorded a team on-base percentage of .306 and a batting average of .240 for the season.
The Tigers hold a team WHIP of 1.366 and have a FIP of 4.67 as a team for the year. They come in at 24th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 1,111. The Detroit pitching staff have relinquished 623 runs for the year while holding a team ERA of 4.37 (556 earned runs relinquished). Their K/BB ratio is 2.28 (1,031 strikeouts against 452 bases on balls). They have relinquished 170 dingers and they concede 4.90 runs per 9 innings (20th in baseball).
With 113 save situations, the Tigers have earned 61 holds in addition to 16 blown saves. Detroit has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 48 save opportunities and they have tallied 32 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 133 times in high leverage situations in addition to 125 occasions with runners on. Detroit bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 36.6% out of their 194 inherited base runners. They rank 6th in the league with a save rate of 66.7%, and they have dispatched 462 relievers to the hill for the season.
The Detroit Tigers have turned 111 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .984 (18th in professional baseball). The Tigers have recorded 1,198 assists, 73 errors and have a total of 3,434 putouts on the season. In 10,302 innings played, the Tigers have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.6% (16th in baseball).
Thus far in his career, Skubal has surrendered 147 base hits while he has accumulated 181 strikeouts in 160 frames. Skubal (9-15 mark in his career) is the owner of a 4.33 earned run average and has surrendered 8.3 hits per 9 innings. He has conceded 77 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.250 and a FIP of 5.1. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.42 and he has faced 677 hitters during his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Detroit (+110)
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