The Detroit Tigers were slated to be one of the top contenders to emerge from the American League this season, while the Oakland Athletics were supposed to be rebuilding. However, the Tigers are struggling to stay out of the American League Central basement, and the Athletics are challenging Los Angeles for the top spot in the West. These two will meet at McAfee Coliseum for the second game of a three-game midweek series on the West Coast. The betting odds on the Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics game is Oakland -129 MLB Picks favorite at Betonline.com.
Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics – 10:05 PM ET
This was not the start to his Detroit career that Dontrelle Willis (0-0, 7.50) envisioned when he was traded from Florida, as the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year has battled injuries over the first two months of the season. Willis' last appearance came in relief during a 9-4 loss at home to Minnesota, as he gave up a run on a hit in just one innings, walking two and striking out one. Willis last faced the Athletics in 2003 as a rookie with the Marlins, tossing a five-hit gem over seven innings as Florida blanked Oakland 2-0 at home.
24-year-old Dana Eveland (4-4, 3.66) is coming off his worst outing of the year, as he was pelted for seven runs on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings of a 12-0 loss at home to Toronto. Prior to that, the fourth-year southpaw had been pitching very well, allowing six runs in three starts. This could be a solid start for Eveland, as he is 3-1 in five starts at home, with an impressive ERA of 2.73. Young pitchers like Eveland usually feel more comfortable at home in front of their fans, so this is a good place for Eveland to get back on track. Eveland, who has played for Milwaukee and Arizona in the National League, has never faced the Athletics in his major-league career. The TOTAL on the Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics game is 9 runs for MLB picks.
These two went head-to-head ten times in 2007, with the Athletics winning six times, including two of three at home late in the season. Willis needs to regain the swagger he had over the first four years of his career, but that is not something that will happen immediately. Meanwhile, Eveland will be settled down being at home, so take the Athletics to heap more pressure on Willis and the Tigers with a win on Tuesday.