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MLB Odds: Tigers turn to Verlander

Justin Verlander is the probable pitcher for the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon as they take on the Oakland Athletics in MLB betting action at O.co Coliseum.

Verlander was tagged with a loss in his most recent trip to the mound, giving up three runs on seven hits over 7 1-3 innings of work against the Yankees. The righthander has pitched the Tigers to a 5-0 record over his last five starts against the Athletics.

Detroit puts its faith in starter Justin Verlander to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 1-1. Getting the ball for the Athletics is Brett Anderson, who owns a 1-1 record on the season with a 1.38 ERA.

View Detroit vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Athletics as +114 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 11-rated Athletics and the league No. 3-ranked Tigers, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Oakland's American League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 6.6 runs per game, against a Tigers offense rated No. 3 and scoring 5.3 runs per game in the league. The Athletics have averaged 10.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Tigers hitters have managed (11.1 per nine innings).

Defensively, Detroit features the American League's No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the American League at home, scoring 3.8 runs per game.

Detroit was a 4-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Athletics. They lost as -115 favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of UNDER bettors. Max Scherzer did his job in a losing cause last time out against Oakland, striking out 11 in a 4-3 loss on Friday at O.co Coliseum.

A few Tigers at Athletics trends to consider:
Detroit is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games ,when playing on the road against Oakland
Detroit is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games ,on the road
Oakland8-0-1 SU in its last 9 games
Oakland10-3-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Oakland is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games ,at home
Oakland is 3-6-1 SU in its last 10 games ,when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Oakland, Sunday, April 14