Starting Pitchers: Parker (Athletics) vs. Verlander (Tigers)
Date/Time: October 6th, 6:07 P.M. EST
MLB Odds from BetOnline
Moneyline: Athletics +170 Tigers -185
Total: 7.5 (Over -115)
The main portion of the MLB betting playoffs kicks off on Saturday night in Motown, where the Detroit Tigers hope to claim Game 1 of the ALDS against the Oakland Athletics.
It’s still amazing to think that Oakland is here in the playoffs as the No. 2 seed and the winners of the AL West. It was a remarkable comeback to get to this point, but now, every team is 0-0, and the A’s are clearly the team that lack the most experience and likely the most talent as well. Jarrod Parker gets the ball to start off this series, and he, like so many of the other Oakland pitchers, are about to embark upon the biggest games of their careers. Parker, just 23 years old at this point, went 13-8 with a 3.47 ERA in his first season in the majors. He struck out 140 batters in 181.1 innings, and he did a great job keeping the ball down, allowing just 11 home runs on the campaign. That success is going to need to continue against a lineup that features a ton of mashers, not the least of which is Miguel Cabrera, who just won the Triple Crown this year.
Detroit posted a bit of a comeback of its own to get into the playoffs, catching the Chicago White Sox with a week or so left in the season and pulling away from there. The Tigers are quietly very hot, and most will tell you that they are the scariest team in the second season because of the arms that they can throw at you. The first of those arms up is that of Justin Verlander. Thanks to the fact that he won his final four starts of the year to make it to 17-9, Verlander might be the Cy Young Award winner this year in the American League. He struck out an insane 239 batters over 238.1 innings of work, and he walked just 60. Batters had an OBP of just .269 against Verlander over the course of the year, and just .249 here at Comerica Park. Time and time again, Verlander has pitched in the playoffs, though he hasn’t always been at his best. Still, he is clearly going to have the better team and the hometown crowd on his side in this one, which is why he is such an overwhelming favorite.
Oakland still feels like the team that really shouldn’t be here in the playoffs in spite of all that it has accomplished. The cream eventually rises to the top, and it feels like the Tigers are going to win this series and win it easily. This first game should go to the hosts for sure. Detroit 6 – Oakland 1
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