Game 5 of the ALDS continues on Thursday night for the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers. Join us for our free MLB picks for Game 5 of this series, as these two teams battle it out at O.co Coliseum.
ALDS Game 5 Picks: Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics
Date: Thursday, October 10th, 8:00 ET
Location: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Tigers vs. Athletics Live TV: TBS
Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander) -106
Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray) -102
The bats, they have arisen, and that’s bad news for the rest of the teams that are left standing in the playoffs. The Tigers were able to finally scratch some runs across, as they erased a 3-0 deficit in Game 4 of this series and survived thanks to that offense. Manager Jim Leyland has pushed all of the right buttons, and he has set himself up to have RHP Justin Verlander pitching on normal rest in an all or nothing Game 5 in Oakland, exactly how he had it last year. Verlander has now gone 22 straight innings against the A’s without giving up a run in playoff games, and he has struck out 11 men in each of his three outings. Verlander didn’t get the win in Game 2, but he didn’t have a single lick of support either.
We know that Verlander can do it again. But can RHP Sonny Gray? Literally nothing short of perfect will do for Gray, who has been one of the best pitchers of late for the A’s. A surprising choice to pitch Game 2 as it was, Gray stood toe to toe and went zero for zero with Verlander, one of the best right-handed pitchers of our generation, and he ultimately won the game for his team. The moment is just too big here, though. We have a team that is psychologically just not able to kill teams off, and we have a pitcher on the other side of the mound that has been killing teams’ dreams for years in the postseason. This time, Verlander has some bats on his side. He’ll get enough runs, and for the second straight season, he’ll be the man to eliminate the A’s on their home field.
Tigers @ Athletics Pick: Detroit Tigers -106
Tigers @ Athletics Score Prediction: Tigers 4 – Athletics 1