The Detroit Tigers have dropped their first two games against the Oakland Athletics and will be looking to bounce back with their ace Justin Verlander tonight. The Tigers are currently a slight underdog at home tonight and that really took my by surprise. When you look at the numbers it does clearly favors Oakland due to Verlander's high ERA but if you do a little more research it showed he had several quality starts.
The public have completely written off Verlander this year and I don't blame them. He crushed the bankrolls of myself and many other sportsbettors. I see a lot of value in him tonight however due to many situations and trends. I will use motivation and some trends to explain why I'm rolling with the Detroit Tigers tonight.
Verlander will be the more motivated pitcher to get a w tonight. His loss last week against the Indians was a natural letdown spot for the Tigers. The offense struggled to generate any runs the last time Verlander pitched so I look for them to provide plenty of run support tonight. If he can get into the extended innings of the game the Tigers should win rather comfortably.
Sonny Gray has pitched very well through four starts to a tune of a 2.7 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Gray picked up a win in last outing against the Toronto Bluejays striking out seven batters in 7 innings of work. Although he's been a stud at home I'm predicting that Gray has a letdown game tonight against the Tigers. If you factor in the fact that the Athletics are 1-4 in Gray's last five road starts you can now see why I like the Tigers to get the victory!