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Tigers in Oakland to start ALDS

Max Scherzer will carry his 21-3 record to the hill in Oakland on Friday night as his Detroit Tigers open their five-game ALDS on the road against the Oakland Athletics.

Scherzer is 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA in six career starts against the A's, while Oakland starter Bartolo Colon is 8-10 with a 5.40 ERA in 27 career appearances against Detroit. The OVER has gone 9-1 in the past 10 games between these two AL teams.

View Detroit Tigers vs Oakland Athletics Odds and Stats.

The moneyline was hovering in the range of 145 for the Athletics in this one over at TopBet. The over under number was sitting near 6.5 at 5Dimes.

This game puts the Athletics, most recently No. 3 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Tigers, who rate a No. 16 in the latest survey.

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Detroit vs Oakland Props - from Bovada

Series Price

Detroit Tigers (Series Prices)            5/8   (-160)

Oakland Athletics (Series Prices)   7/5   (+140)

Series Spread          

Detroit Tigers          -1½   23/20 (+115)           

Oakland Athletics       +1½   20/29 (-145)           

Detroit Tigers          +1½   1/3   (-300)           

Oakland Athletics       -1½   12/5  (+240)           

Exact Series Result

Detroit Tigers 3-0                  4/1   (+400)     

Detroit Tigers 3-1                  11/4  +275 

Detroit Tigers 3-2                  7/2   (+350)     

Oakland Athletics 3-0         7/1   (+700)     

Oakland Athletics 3-1         5/1   (+500)     

Oakland Athletics 3-2         7/2   (+350)     

Total Games in Series  

3     5/2   (+250)     

4     7/5   (+140)     

5     3/2   (+150)     

Over  3½    4/13  (-325)

Under 3½    5/2   (+250)

Over  4½    3/2   (+150)

Under 4½    5/9   (-180)

Player Props

Most Hits, Runs and RBI's in Series

Miguel Cabrera (DET)    -175 

Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)   +145 

Prince Fielder (DET)    -125 

Josh Donaldson (OAK)    -105 

Torii Hunter (DET)            -120 

Jed Lowrie (OAK)        -110 

Victor Martinez (DET)   -120 

Brandon Moss (OAK)            -110 

Game 1 Strikeouts

Total Strikeouts - Max Scherzer (DET)    

Over  7 (-115)

Under 7 (-115)

Total Strikeouts - Bartolo Colon (OAK)

Over  4 (-120)

Under 4 (-110)

Detroit lost its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Marlins on September 29. Bettors who backed the Marlins at +165 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Detroit got a 10-strikeout performance from Justin Verlander but couldn't turn it into a win, suffering a 1-0 loss at the hands of Miami on Sunday at Marlins Park.

In their last action, Oakland was a 9-0 winner on the road against the Mariners. Bettors on Oakland at -133 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Sonny Gray chucked 5 shutout innings at the Mariners in their last game, striking out 8 in a 9-0 win against Seattle in baseball action at Safeco Field.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Oakland's No. 4-ranked scoring average of 4.73 runs per game, against a Tigers offense rated No. 2 and scoring 4.91 runs per game. The Athletics have averaged 8.66 hits per game to date this season, less than the Tigers hitters have managed (10.03 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Oakland has the No. 8-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Tigers own the No. 7 mark in runs allowed.

A few Tigers at Athletics trends to consider:
Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games on the road
Oakland is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Oakland's last 11 games
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Detroit at Oakland, Saturday, October 5th