Oakland Atheltics vs Detroit Tigers Game 2 Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 21 (7/21): MLB

Oakland Atheltics vs Detroit Tigers Game 2 Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 21 (7/21): MLB

Credit: photo by   Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports



Time 7:07 p.m. EST
Tigers money line +134
Tigers run line +1.5 (-175)
Athletics money line -160
Athletics run line -1.5 (+150)
Over / under 7


Key stats

  Detroit Tigers Oakland Athletics
Record 37-55 32-61
Road / home record 14-31 11-31
Last 10 record 2-8 4-6
Streak L4 W1
Over / under record 33-54-5 36-50-6
Runs / game 3.13 3.29
Runs allowed / game 4.35 4.56


The Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics will play the 2nd game of the double-header at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Thursday night. The Athletics won their last series before the All-Star break against the Houston Astros while the Tigers were swept by the Guardians. 

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers get here with a 37-55 record and have lost 8 of their last 9 games. They're averaging 3.18 runs and batting for .229 AVG, 288 runs scored in 690 hits and 53 home runs, ranking #30 in offense, the worst in the league behind the Oakland Athletics. Miguel Cabrera leads the team batting for .287 AVG, Javi Baez is leading in home runs with 9 and 35 RBI.

Defensively they are allowing 4.35 runs per game and ranking #19 in the league. Tarik Skubal leads the pitching staff with a 4.11 ERA, 102 strikeouts and 6 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher: Garrett Hill (1-1, 5.73 ERA)

The Tigers will promote Hill from Triple-A Toledo to start the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Athletics in Oakland. Before the All-Star break Hill picked up two starts for Detroit and allowed seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out four over 11 innings.

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics get here with a 29-59 record and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.29 runs per game. They're batting for .211 AVG, 306 runs scored in 641 hits and 70 home runs, ranking #29 in offense in the league, the second worst in the MLB behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sean Murphy is batting for .241 AVG. Seth Brown leads the team with 38 RBI and 10 home runs.

Defensively are allowing 4.56 runs per game, ranking #22 in the league. Paul Blackburn leads the team with a 3.62 ERA, 77 strikeouts and 6 wins recorded with the A's.

Probable Pitcher:  Frankie Montas (3-9, 3.26 ERA)

Montas will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Athletics. Montas was never forced to the injured list, and he'll make his return to action coming out of the All-Star break having not pitched in 18 days on account of a sore right shoulder. Before the shoulder issue surfaced, Montas had been in the midst of a strong statistical season, having turned in a 3.26 ERA and 1.09 WHIP to go with 100 strikeouts over 96.2 innings. He has a record of 4-3 with an ERA of 5.12 and 40 strikeouts in 8 appearances against the Tigers in his career.


Detroit Tigers are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Oakland.

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Detroit's last 13 games against an opponent in the American League West Division division.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oakland's last 10 games against an opponent in the American League.

The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Oakland's last 14 games.


These are the two worst offenses in the league as they rank #29 and #30 but the difference on this game will be the pitching matchup. Frankie Montas return with the team after an 18 day absence and in his last 3 starts he allowed only 3 runs across 15 innings. He struggled against the Tigers earlier in the season allowing 4 runs in 6 innings. The Tigers will send Garrett Hill who has only 2 starts this season and was pounded in his last one with 6 runs. The A's are 4-1 against the Tigers this season and they have the better pitcher with more experience. Take the Athletics. 

PICK:  Athletics ML  (-160)

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