Why Oakland Should Beat Detroit To Close Out The Series

Oakland leads the series 2-1 in a best of 5 playoff format. After getting dominated the first game by Max Scherzer as he gave up 2 runs in 7 innings striking out 11 to give Detroit a 1-0 series lead. In game 2 it was another pitching battle as Justin Verlander pitched 7 innings only allowing 4 hits and striking out 11. In the bottom of the 9th Stephen Vogt hit a walk off single to even the series 1-1. In game 3 the hitting came alive for both teams as the score was tied 3 to 3 after the 5th inning. In the top of the 6th Oakland score 3 runs to take the lead 6 to 3 and that was all they need as Detroit didn’t score the rest of the game giving Oakland a 2-1 series lead. So that is how we got to game 4. In game 4 Oakland will start Dan Straily and Detroit will start Doug Fister.

 

Reasons why Oakland should win

1. The last time Doug Fister faced Oakland he got rocked. He gave up 7 runs(all earned) on 13 hits in only 5 innings pitched. The good thing however for Detroit is that Fister owns a 1.71 ERA over five career postseason starts. So he struggled against Oakland last time but pitches very well in the playoffs. If Doug Fister continues his good playoff outings it could be a long day for Oakland.  However the last time Oakland pitcher Dan Straily faced Detroit it was that same game and he only gave up 1 run on 8 hits in 6 innings pitched.

2. Detroit has slipped in to a funk lately as they have lost 7 of their last 10 games (including playoffs). Oakland on the other hand has won 6 of their last 10 (including playoffs).

3. Detroit’s best hitter Miguel Cabrera is also dealing with a groin/abdomen injury that has limited his use of his legs and has prevented him from hitting a home run in the playoffs or hitting well because he is batting only .250 in the playoffs. His batting average in the regular season was .348 so that is a significant drop off.

4. Oakland best hitter in the playoffs has been Yoenis Cespedes as he has hit 5 for 13(.385) in 3 games and has 1 triple, 1 home run and 2 RBIs. Cespedes hit .294 in the regular season so hes been playing better so far in the playoffs.

 

My prediction

Oakland will finish off Detroit jumping to an early 2-0 lead after the first inning and never looking back from there. They add 4 more runs over the next 8 innings and hold Detroit to only 2 runs the whole game.

Final score

Oakland: 6
Detroit: 2

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