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Brandon McCarthy faces Max Scherzer in MLB odds action

Detroit TigersOakland Athletics
Sep 15, 10:05 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Detroit Tigers vs Oakland Athletics Odds

87-62TEAM RECORD67-82

The Athletics get a visit from the Detroit Tigers in baseball action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Max Scherzer gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Tigers on this day; he's 14-8 on the season. The Athletics, meanwhile, will counter with Brandon McCarthy, who will be looking to improve on his 8-8 mark.

View Detroit vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Athletics as -101 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 4-rated Athletics and the league No. 8-ranked Tigers, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has the American League's No. 12-rated offensive output, at 8.3 hits per game. The Tigers average 9.4 hits per game, good for No. 3 on the American League list.

Defensively, Detroit features the American League's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.4 runs per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the American League at home, scoring 4.3 runs per game.

In their last action, Detroit was a 6-5 winner on the road against the White Sox. Bettors on Detroit at +103 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Detroit won a close affair on Wednesday in their last outing, defeating Chicago 6-5 in extra innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

Oakland lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Angels on September 14. Bettors who backed the Angels at -153 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Oakland didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-1 to Los Angeles on Wednesday at O.co Coliseum.

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 6-4
After playing Chi White Sox are 8-2
After a win are 10-0

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing LA Angels are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Tigers at Athletics trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Oakland's last 12 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 18 of Oakland's last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland's last 10 games

Next up:
Detroit at Oakland, Friday, September 16