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Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland A’s Free Total Pick

Time: 10:05 PM EST Wednesday May 28, 2014

Location: Coliseum, Oakland, California

The Oakland A’s host the Detroit Tigers in an American League match up.

In their last games: In yesterday’s Game 2 in this 4 game series the Tigers beat the A’s 6-5.

In yesterday’s game the Tigers were down 5-4 after the 6th inning, but scored 1 run in the 7th and 8th inning for the comeback win.

These 2 teams have split the first 2 games of this series.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 12 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Over 9 times.

The Tigers are 1-4 in Anibal Sanchez’s last 5 starts against the A’s.

The A’s are 8-2 in Scott Kazmir’s last 10 starts.

Pitching Match Up
Detroit Tigers: Anibal Sanchez (2-2, 2.83 ERA)
Oakland A’s: Scott Kazmir (5-2, 2.56 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Tigers +109 / A’s -119
Run Line: Oakland -1.5 +170
Total Line: 7 Over -110

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Detroit Tigers 28-19 SU / O/U 24-21 / Run Line W/L 22-25
Oakland A’s: 31-20 SU / O/U 25-24 / Run Line W/L 27-34

Key Betting Trends
• DET is 7-1 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
• DET is 1-5 in their last 5 road games.
• DET has an Over record of 8-0 in their last 8 games.
• OAK is 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
• OAK is 7-2 in their last 9 home games.
• OAK has an Under record of 5-2-1 in their last 8 games.

Key Player Injuries

Joel Hanrahan RP D.L. May 2 elbow June?
Luke Putkonen RP D.L. Apr 21 elbow Out indefinitely
Andy Dirks OF D.L. Mar 29 back June?
Jose Iglesias SS D.L. Mar 29 leg 2015
Bruce Rondon RP D.L. Mar 29 elbow 2015

John Jaso C Out May 25 back Day-to-day
Ryan Cook RP D.L. May 9 arm Early June
Jake Elmore SS D.L. Apr 3 quadriceps Out indefinitely
A.J. Griffin S D.L. Mar 30 elbow 2015
Jarrod Parker SP D.L. Mar 20 elbow 2015

Free Total Pick:

A quick handicap may have you thinking that this game sets up as a classic pitchers’ duel, but that’s not where my money is going. Further examination of the pitching stats shows that both pitchers have struggled in recent games versus today’s opponent. Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez has allowed 13 hits, 5 walks and 9 runs in 9.1 innings over his last 2 versus Oakland. Oakland starter Scott Kazmir has allowed 11 hits, 5 walks and 6 runs over 10 2/3 innings in his last 2 starts against Detroit. We get over biased umpire Jerry Meals and the current forecast has the wind going out to support my position and two of the top 9 scoring offenses doesn’t hurt the cause either.
Take Over 7 -110.

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Eric O’Flaherty RP D.L. Feb 17 elbow Mid-June

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