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 Saturday night, the Detroit Tigers will be led onto the field by Justin Verlander, as they visit the Oakland Athletics, who will be countering with Sonny Gray in the ALDS Game 2. The first pitch from O.co Coliseum is set to be thrown out at 9:00 p.m. ET
Saturday Baseball Picks: Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics Game 2
Date: Saturday, October 5th, 9:00 ET
Location: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Tigers vs. Athletics On TV: TBS
Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander) -122
Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray) +116
The time is certainly here to worry about the Athletics at this point. They have themselves a solid squad, and they won a lot of games this year at home, but if this game is lost, it could be all over but the crying when the time comes that these teams hop on a flight to Detroit for Games 3 and 4 of this series. The fact of the matter is that the A’s had to like their chances in Game 1 a lot more than they do here in Game 2, and these pitching matchups are why we always favored the Tigers all season long on the odds to win the ALCS and the odds to win the World Series. RHP Justin Verlander, for all of the remarkable starts that he has had in his time in the playoffs for the Tigers, is going to be going against a rookie in RHP Sonny Gray, who has 10 MLB starts in his career and has never sniffed the postseason.
The situation looks slightly less daunting for the A’s in this game, knowing that Verlander only went 13-12 for the whole season this year, and he certainly isn’t the man that we were used to seeing over the course of the last several years. That said, all of this talk of a bad season and “was he worth the money” can go out the window with a win in this game on Saturday and a successful run to the World Series. Verlander can now start over, and he has a team on the ropes that he can simply throw the haymaker against. We think that the righty is going to do the job and put the A’s essentially out of their misery.
Tigers @ Athletics Game 2 Pick 10/5/13: Detroit Tigers -122
Tigers @ Athletics Game 2 Score Prediction: Athletics 4 – Tigers 2