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How To Bet Tigers Athletics - Tigers, Trying To Unleash Their Bats, Head To The Bay Area

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 5/8/2012 3:07:59 PM

The Detroit Tigers were supposed to have one of the more imposing batting orders in Major League Baseball. Instead, their offense has underperformed in the early part of the season.

Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics – Series Overview

Game 1: Thursday, May 10

If you are interested in betting on baseball this season, the upcoming three-game weekend series between Detroit and Oakland offers a tension point: The Detroit Tigers were supposed to be the best team in the American League Central Division, but so far, they have fallen behind the Cleveland Indians because of an inability to score runs… this, despite the addition of huge-hitting first baseman Prince Fielder. The Tigers are hoping to rejuvenate themselves as they play the downmarket Oakland Athletics.
In game one, the Tigers have an edge. Detroit starting pitcher Max Scherzer has not been particularly good this season, sporting a grubby 6.32 earned-run average as he takes the hill for manager Jim Leyland. However, Scherzer pitched under postseason pressure last year and did well against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium. He knows how to perform when the bright lights come on. Oakland starter Tyson Ross is a different story altogether. With a lousy 8.55 ERA, Ross hasn't shown any real ability to get out Major League hitters on a consistent basis. It's quite true that Detroit's hitters have struggled up and down the line this season, but against Ross, they just might get healthy, at least for one night. This is quite clearly the Tigers' game to lose. Detroit should be able to find a way to score runs against Ross, with Scherzer being solid enough to consolidate the Tigers' advantage.

MLB Betting Pick: Detroit

Game 2: Friday, May 11

The when you do your homework and assess your bet on sports on this second game of the four-game series, you have to think that Oakland – if it wins this weekend – is most likely to pull through in this situation. Detroit starter Rick Porcello carries a very mediocre 4.91 earned-run average into this game, the product of an inability to string together three good starts in a row. There has been an up-and-down quality to Porcello's body of work this season, so Detroit doesn't know what it will get in this contest. Oakland starter Bartolo Colon has been much more consistent than Porcello. With a 2.83 ERA, Colon has given ballast to the A's pitching rotation, and he figures to be able to outduel Porcello on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland

Game 3: Saturday, May 12

Game three of this series feels like a Tiger triumph. Detroit starter Doug Fister hasn't allowed a run in 10 2/3 innings this season. He got injured in his first start of the year on April 7 against Boston. He returned to action this past Monday night against Seattle and threw seven shutout innings against the Mariners. Fister is a very effective pitcher who clearly showed few ill effects after a month away from the big leagues. He should be able to hold down Oakland's bats in this game. The A's will counter with Tommy Milone, who sports a 4.42 earned-run average. That's okay and tolerable, but it's not exactly top-tier quality, either. Detroit should be able to get its nose in front and hold on for a win as long as its bullpen doesn't crumble in this best online sportsbook game.

MLB Betting Pick: Detroit

Game 4: Sunday, May 13

The final game of the weekend will show the baseball community if a young and rising prospect can keep up with an elite starting pitcher who is performing at the top of his game. Justin Verlander, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, carries a 2.38 ERA into this game, while Oakland counters with Brandon McCarthy, who has overachieved with a 2.96 earned-run average. McCarthy figures to be really good, and his future is very bright, but Verlander is the best starting pitcher in the American League. Detroit will win this game and take three out of four over the weekend on the road.

MLB Betting Pick: Detroit

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