Free MLB Pick: Tigers vs. Athletics ALDS Game 1 MLB Picks 10/4/13

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The 2013 MLB betting season is finishing up here at Cappers Info, and we are set to make more of our patented MLB picks for one of our favorite times of year. On Friday night, the Detroit Tigers will be led onto the field by Max Scherzer, as they visit the Oakland Athletics, who will be countering with Bartolo Colon in the ALDS Game 1. The first pitch from Coliseum is set to be thrown out at 8:07 p.m. ET

Friday Baseball Picks: Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics
Date: Friday, October 4th, 8:07 ET
Location: Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Tigers vs. Athletics On TV: TBS


MLB Odds & Probable Starting Pitchers
Detroit Tigers (Max Scherzer) -104
Oakland Athletics (Bartolo Colon) -106
Total: 7.5

Last season, it was Oakland that ended up falling by the wayside against the Tigers, and now, there is a measure of revenge that hopes to be exacted in this one. This is the start of what should be a remarkable series, and we think that all of these games are going to be really, really close. Oakland’s offense has the ability to put up runs against anyone in the league, and last season, it struggled with trying to get anything going against Friday’s starter, RHP Max Scherzer in Game 4 of that series when there was a chance to close things out at home. Scherzer is back, but he is coming off of the season of his life in which he posted a 2.90 ERA and the best record in baseball at 21-3.

Do we really think all that much of RHP Bartolo Colon? Not really. Colon had a good season, and he pitched well down the stretch, striking out at least seven batters in his last four starts. However, he really doesn’t have the gas that he used to, and we would be surprised if he made it beyond the sixth inning, especially without getting into any legitimate amount of trouble. Colon won 18 games this year, and he was only beaten six times, and for a good chunk of the season, he was one of the best money pitchers in the game, just like Scherzer was. At home, Oakland won 52 games this season, and it put up one of the best seasons of crowds that we have seen in the Bay Area in quite some time. The Athletics are the better team in our estimation in this series this year, and they’ll show it on Friday with an authoritative Game 1 victory.

Tigers @ Athletics Game 1 Pick 10/4/13: Oakland Athletics -106
Tigers @ Athletics Game 1 Score Prediction: Athletics 4 – Tigers 3

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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