The AL playoff chase will take another turn on Tuesday night for MLB betting action in Motown, where the Detroit Tigers will host the Oakland Athletics in the first game of a crucial three-game set.
Not only is Oakland really starting to look the part of a playoff team, but it is closing in quickly on the Texas Rangers for the AL West lead as well. The A’s have the second best record in the National League, and they have 4.5-games of safety over the Los Angeles Angels, who are the first team on the outside of the playoffs looking in at the moment. On Tuesday, rookie AJ Griffin will hope to continue to light up the world with his shockingly good pitching. The righty has started 11 games this year, and Oakland is 9-2 in those games. He has had six quality starts and has a 6-0 mark, and for the most part, he has just been unhittable. Griffin has allowed just 14 runs and 48 hits, and his splits are fantastic. A WHIP of 0.91, an ERA of 1.94, and an opponent batting average of .202 are remarkable, and a 53/11 K/BB ratio in 65 frames looks like Griffin has been in this league for quite some time, not just a few months.
Meanwhile, Detroit might very well be on life support at the moment. There are just 16 games left in the season, and it is three-games back of the Chicago White Sox at the top of the AL Central. The Wild Card slots might very well be out of reach as well, as the Baltimore Orioles, the last team in the postseason right now, are 2.5-games beyond that. Sweeping this series might be a must. It starts with 16-game winner Max Scherzer on the bump on Tuesday. Scherzer has been the best pitcher this year on this Detroit staff, and that’s saying a lot considering the fact that Justin Verlander hasn’t had a bad year at all. But Scherzer is 16-6 with a 3.77 ERA, and he already has 220 strikeouts in just 176.2 innings of work. The possibility is there that he could reach 250, and considering the fact that he has fanned at least seven batters in 12 straight and 16 out of 17 starts, the likelihood is quite good that he’ll get there. Since the start of August, Scherzer has watched his ERA drop from 4.72 to where it is now, and he has a 6-0 record to show for his work. The team is 7-1 in those eight starts as well.
Eventually, the rookie just has to have one of these starts that he wants to forget. Scherzer has been pitching out of his mind as well, and he is going to be able to mow down this Oakland lineup without all that much of a hassle. Expect to see the Tigers get this first one to at least think about trimming the gap on the rest of the field in the American League. Detroit 3 – Oakland 2