MLB Free Picks: Athletics @ Tigers ALDS Game 3 Preview 10/7/13

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We’re always trying to make the most money possible off of the MLB odds each and every night. Join us on Monday, as we make our ALDS picks for Game 3 with our Oakland Athletics @ Detroit Tigers free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash on the diamond.

ALDS Game 3 Picks: Oakland Athletics @ Detroit Tigers
Date: Monday, October 7th, 1:00 ET
Location: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Athletics vs. Tigers On TV: MLB Network

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ALDS Game 3 Probable Starting Pitchers & Odds
Oakland Athletics (Jarrod Parker) +145
Detroit Tigers (Anibal Sanchez) -155
Total: 7.5

RHP Jarrod Parker has to be glad that he isn’t going to be facing off with RHP Justin Verlander. Last year, he had to do so in Game 1 and Game 5 of the ALDS, and he was beaten in both games without much of a chance to find success. The good news is that this year, he is going against RHP Anibal Sanchez instead, but the bad news is that he probably isn’t winning this crucial Game 3 either. About the only thing that he has going for him is that he is going against an offense that has only scored a total of seven runs in its last six games. However, in his last three starts, he allowed seven earned runs twice, and obviously if he does that again on Monday, he’s not going to last very long. It’s probably also not helping all that much that this feels like a 10:00 a.m. start time back on the West Coast.

Sanchez was nuts at home this season, going 8-3 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Batters didn’t even manage to hit .220 against him this year at home. For the season, the righty went 14-8 with a 2.57 ERA, and he had 202 strikeouts. Numbers like that make you an ace on most staffs, and the fact that this makes Sanchez the #3 pitcher for Detroit is mind-numbing. We have to think that in the end, the Tigers are going to take this game significantly more often than not, and we think that Sanchez will pitch a gem on Monday to get the ‘W’.

Oakland Athletics @ Detroit Tigers Pick: Detroit Tigers -155
Oakland Athletics @ Detroit Tigers Score Prediction: Tigers 7 – Athletics 4

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