MLB Picks: Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics, Game 5

Jeff GrantContributor IOctober 10, 2013

MLB Picks: Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics, Game 5

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    The Oakland Athletics are 40-27 following a loss since the start of the regular season, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Thursday, as they prepare to take on the Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum.

    Sports bettors will find that the Athletics are plus-101 home underdogs in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at 6.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 5 of this 2013 American League Division Series from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum

Detroit Tigers

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    The Detroit Tigers came away with an 8-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics as minus-143 home favorites in the fourth game of this best-of-five series, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.

    Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander has surrendered just a single run in 23 innings of work in his last three postseason efforts versus the Athletics.

Oakland Athletics

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    The Oakland Athletics are 2-7 in their last nine playoff games as an underdog, while they've dropped 11 of their last 12 opportunities to clinch a postseason series.

    Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray didn't earn a decision in a 1-0 home victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 2, as he allowed just four hits in eight shutout innings in that effort.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Oakland Athletics, as they've gone 35-16 in their last 51 home games when taking on teams with a winning record.

    MLB Pick: Oakland Athletics +101

     

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