Oakland Athletics vs Detroit Tigers: Preview & Picks 5/09/2022

Oakland Athletics vs Detroit Tigers: Preview & Picks 5/09/2022

May 9, 2022



What do the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics have in common? Many things actually, but as of recently two facts join them together, they both are coming into this series starting today in Detroit as the last place of their respective divisions and they are both riding on rather negative losing slumps that have really deterred in their season plans from early on.


Today, as they get ready to get a rather unusual five-game series, which includes a double header tomorrow, the Tigers will be relying on starting RHP Michael Pineda, who will be looking for his second win of the season, while the A’s will be sending their winningest ace for the season Paul Blackburn to the mound who will be more than poised to improve his record to 4-0 for the season, all while scoring a very important win for the A’s.


Game Preview

The Detroit Tigers had probably envisioned their season going a whole lot different than the way it’s going right now. On offense it has to be said that the Tigers look more like kittens on the plate, and with a five-game losing streak bearing more and more on them, this team is in dire need of an offense-driven makeover. Especially if they wish to have any chances at not just putting on some great outings against the also reeling A’s in this upcoming extended series, but for the season in general.


On the pitching side of the game, the Tigers are doing as bad as on offense, that’s a given, but still, it goes to prove that even the best bullpens sometimes need some strong help from the offense in order to succeed. After losing five of their last six games, all by tight scores, which comes to show that this team can pitch and field properly, the only question that arises is, when will the offensive part of the team play catch up with the defense and pitching staff to try and start making something out of their season? This series against an A’s team that looks like it’s going through an ever so negative loop seems like the perfect place to start, but without runs you can’t win games, and this Detroit offense needs some real help in the run scoring department.


The Oakland A’s continue to make it so hard to find a reason to hate them or thrash them. They are a very decent team full of up and coming talents looking to break out into the league, but at the same time, this team has been this exact way for almost way too long now. It feels like the story continues to repeat itself each season and for Oakland, who are coming into the series against the Tigers carrying a nine-game losing streak, it’s time to start moving with more purpose if they wish to be taken as true competitors in the AL.


Their offense needs to step up, and today seems like a perfect occasion to do so as one of their best starters, if not their best starter for the season Paul Blackburn will surely have an edge over Detroit from the mound. Having Blackburn on the mound already offers at least 50 or 60% of a win, so it will be on Oakland’s offense to finish rounding out the win to get going in a positive manner once again.


Oakland Athletics vs Detroit Tigers Game Information

  • Date: 05/09/2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Location: Comerica Park, Detroit
  • How to Watch Athletics vs Tigers: Bally Sports Detroit
  • Live Stream: MLB.TV


Athletics vs Tigers Betting Lines

Athletics are +108 according to our Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $108. On the other side, Tigers are -118 according to the Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $84.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Athletics at a 48.08% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Tigers have 54.13% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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