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Tigers vs Athletics Odds and Picks (May 10)

Oakland Athletics second baseman Tony Kemp rounding the bases

May 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Oakland Athletics second baseman Tony Kemp (5) points up into the crowd after hitting a solo home run during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Detroit Tigers and Oakland A’s face off at Comerica Park on Tuesday, May 10th
  • AJ Hinch’s club owns the worst record in the American League, while Mark Kotsay’s group hasn’t been much better
  • Read below for the Tigers vs A’s odds and betting preview

The Detroit Tigers (8-20) face the Oakland A’s (11-18) on Tuesday in an odd away-home doubleheader at Comerica Park. Game 1 of the twinbill — which is the second of five games in four days between the clubs — has a scheduled first pitch of 1:10pm ET. The Tigers — as visitors — will send Tarik Skubal to the mound, while the A’s counter with Frankie Montas.

Detroit is a slight favorite in this spot, but has seen its odds drop from +1600 at the start of the season to +2000 to win the AL Central in the MLB Division odds, while the A’s have watched their longshot odds go from +6000 to +7500  to capture the AL West Hinch’s squad is expected to win 78.5 games, while Oakland is projected to win 71.5 in the MLB win  totals.

Tigers vs A’s Odds

Team Runline Moneyline Total
Detroit Tigers -1.5 (+155) -115 Ov 7 (+100)
Oakland A’s +1.5 (-190) -105 Un 7 (-120)

Odds as of May 9th at BetMGM.

The Tigers may only be 2-3 in Skubal’s five starts in 2022 — but the 25-year-old has performed well in every turn. He’s coming off his second quality start of the season heading into Tuesday’s tilt. Skubal went six innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs and no walks while striking out nine in an eventual 3-2 loss to the Astros last Thursday.

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Meantime, Montas has had similar tough luck — as the A’s are just 2-4 in his six outings. He’s pitched well in those starts, though and has become the horse of Oakland’s staff — leading the AL in most starts over the last season-plus with 38. Montas tossed his fourth quality start of the young season, going seven innings, allowing four hits, no earned runs and a walk while striking out six in an eventual 3-0 defeat to Tampa Bay last Wednesday.

Detroit vs Oakland Probable Pitchers

Detroit’s big lefty with lofty expectations is starting to deliver this season. Several of his peripherals — K/9 (5th), BB/9 (5th), xFIP (3rd) and FIP (3rd) — rank him in the top five among all AL starters. Plus, there’s his historically good control.

Anytime you do something Hal Newhouser, Jack Morris or Justin Verlander were unable to accomplish, you’re doing something right.

As solid as Skubal has been, Montas might be better. In 36.2 innings, the big righty has allowed 25 hits, 14 earned runs and nine walks while striking out 37. Most A’s fans realize Oakland will probably deal him at some point this season, so every start for Montas is like an audition for a contender.

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Tarik Skubal vs Frankie Montas

1-2 Record 2-2
3.04 ERA 3.44
3.00 xERA 2.63
26.1% K% 25.9%

Oakland Has Owned Detroit of Late

The A’s have utterly dominated the Tigers in recent history, winning nine of the last ten matchups. Runs have been hard to come by for either club lately — hence why the total is so low. Oakland has scored three runs or less in eight of the last nine games, while Detroit’s offensive doldrums extend even further. The Motor City Kitties have have scored three runs or less in 11 of the last 12. Tony Kemp’s third inning homer proved to be all the A’s needed in a 2-0 victory on Monday in the series opener.

Infielder Sheldon Neuse is the Oakland player hitting above .300. He’s slashing .304/.360/.413 with two homers and 14 RBI. Things are even worse for Detroit. Newcomer Javy Baez is probably the offensive star — and he’s slashing .236/.286/.389 with two dingers and 11 RBI. The Tigers have only gone deep 11 times as a team this season., an MLB-low.

The Tigers have +5000 odds to win the Fall Classic, while the A’s are +200000 longshots in the World Series odds.

Detroit vs Oakland Last 10 Meetings

Date Home Team Away Team Score
5/9/22 Tigers A’s OAK, 2-0
9/2/21 Tigers A’s OAK, 8-6
9/1/21 Tigers A’s DET, 8-6
8/31/21 Tigers A’s OAK, 9-3
4/18/21 A’s Tigers OAK, 3-2
4/17/21 A’s Tigers OAK, 7-0
4/16/21 A’s Tigers OAK, 3-0
4/13/21 A’s Tigers OAK, 8-4
9/8/19 A’s Tigers OAK, 3-1
9/7/19 A’s Tigers OAK, 10-2
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Tigers vs A’s Prediction

With both teams scuffling at the plate and borderline elite starters slated to go, the under is the play in this spot.

Pick: Under 7 (-120)

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