|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBTwo teams who fought for division titles and won them late, meet Saturday night in game one of the ALDS between the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:07ET in Comerica Park and the contest will be carried across the nation on TBS.
It took Oakland (94-68) the entire 162 game regular schedule to pass Texas by 1 in the AL West, after 6 straight wins which included a 3 game sweep of those same Texans to end things. They were 44-37 away from the bay area.
Detroit (88-74) finally passed Chicago in the AL Central the last week of the season after trailing them by 3 games on September 15th. They accomplished the feat by winning 8 of their last 10, while the White Sox struggled. The Tigers were 51-30 in Motown.
With this years quirky playoff schedule, the number 3 seed Tigers get the first 2 at home versus number 2 Oakland, then will travel to the west coast for as many of the last 3 that are required.
The A's will throw righthander Jarrod Parker (13-8, 3.47 ERA) while the Tigers counter with ace righty Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64 ERA).
The Tigers won the season series 4 games to 3.
Detroit is solidly favored at home in the BetRoyal sportsbook odds, with a -$185, while Oakland is a +$175. The over/under of 7.5 total runs is available on a $125/$100 moneyline.