Login  | Free Registration

You are viewing a condensed version of this FoxSheet. Login as a FoxSheets Subscriber to view the full sheet.
Not a member? Subscribe today and start taking advantage of our premium information, including the Game Estimator™, the Super Situations ™, the Power Trends ™, and many more features.
MLB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 10/10/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -210

-1.5  +175



DETROIT (95 - 71) at OAKLAND (98 - 68)
No Previous GameNo Next Game
Thursday, 10/10/2013 9:05 PM
AL Division Series - Best of 5 - Game 5 - Tied 2-2
Board OpeningLatest
955DETROIT-110Ov 7,+110-110Ov 6.5,-105
956OAKLAND+100Un 7,-130+100Un 6.5,-115
DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games95-71-12.283-764.90.2820.3423.80.2470.305
Road Games43-40-8.336-454.50.2670.3233.60.2430.302
vs Right-handed Starters68-48-0.456-564.90.2880.3453.70.2420.301
Past 7 Games2-5-5.42-52.40.2060.2593.00.2200.298
Grass Games91-68-12.879-744.90.2830.3443.80.2470.306
Night Games62-42+1.247-514.90.2810.3433.70.2480.302
Playoff games2-2-0.62-23.50.2340.2793.70.2430.309
DETROIT - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.90.2820.342166586316534981780.03779539110535127017476137129
Road Games4.50.2670.323833039810251880.033572556212164683397662
Righty Starters4.90.2880.345116414011913491180.0354936279331898128479687
DETROIT - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.001.348450.32102004214418646418-26411573.2%
Road Games3.641.298229.7939321420842577-1719967.9%

OAKLAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games98-68+19.286-764.70.2540.3243.80.2420.296
Home Games53-30+9.940-424.30.2460.3193.70.2380.291
vs Right-handed Starters65-46+11.859-494.90.2560.3254.00.2440.301
Past 7 Games4-3+0.95-25.30.2590.3323.30.2080.265
Grass Games95-64+20.382-744.70.2540.3243.80.2420.295
Night Games58-38+12.652-414.90.2550.3243.90.2440.297
Playoff games2-2+0.42-23.70.2430.3093.50.2340.279
OAKLAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.70.2540.324166565714355251910.0373958612247511571279912088
Home Games4.30.2460.319832768680254840.033342975883257958486741
Righty Starters4.90.2560.32511138169763601260.035223908385577084618964
OAKLAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.251.224485.31881754354215944125-19471971.2%
Home Games2.951.199262.69186236217924318-724875%
DETROIT - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/27/2013ALVAREZ(L)@ MIAMIKOEHLER(R)2-3L-1307.5 ovU760650
9/28/2013SANCHEZ(R)@ MIAMIEOVALDI(R)1-2L-1856.5 ovU91005100
9/29/2013VERLANDER(R)@ MIAMIALVAREZ(R)0-1L-1707 unU031671
10/4/2013SCHERZER(R)@ OAKLANDCOLON(R)3-2W-1156.5 ovU1060341
10/5/2013VERLANDER(R)@ OAKLANDGRAY(R)0-1L-1107 unU4508100
10/7/2013SANCHEZ(R)OAKLANDPARKER(R)3-6L-1457 ovO7511080
10/8/2013FISTER(R)OAKLANDSTRAILY(R)8-6W-1457.5 ovO9401290

OAKLAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/27/2013COLON(R)@ SEATTLEHERNANDEZ(R)8-2W1006.5 unO1161451
9/28/2013PARKER(R)@ SEATTLEMAURER(R)5-7L-1457.5 ovO10100710
9/29/2013GRAY(R)@ SEATTLERAMIREZ(L)9-0W-1257.5 ovO1070590
10/4/2013COLON(R)DETROITSCHERZER(R)2-3L+1056.5 ovU3411060
10/5/2013GRAY(R)DETROITVERLANDER(R)1-0W+1007 unU8100450
10/7/2013PARKER(R)@ DETROITSANCHEZ(R)6-3W1357 ovO1080751
10/8/2013STRAILY(R)@ DETROITFISTER(R)6-8L1357.5 ovO1290940
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(Updates with Leyland quotes. With AP Photos.)

*Tigers-Athletics Preview* ==========================

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer

Detroit (93-69) at Oakland (96-66), 8:07 p.m. EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- It's Justin Verlander and Sonny Gray, the encore.

These decisive Game 5s sure are becoming familiar for Verlander. Not so much for the Oakland rookie.

Just like last October in Oakland, the Tigers have been pushed to a winner-take-all fifth game in their AL division series against the Athletics. And Detroit will have Verlander on the mound again Thursday night after he pitched a four-hit shutout in the 2012 clincher at the Oakland Coliseum.

"Well, you don't pretend. It's not just another game," Verlander said after the Tigers evened the series with an 8-6 win Tuesday at Comerica Park. "The season is on the line. It was on the line for us tonight, too. This whole season, the way we battled and played as a team, comes down to one game, may the best team win. You can't treat it just like another game. It's a little bit different. There is more to it."

The A's will counter with Gray against Verlander a second time after these two put on a pitching show Saturday night at the Coliseum.

"He's a little bit of a bulldog, he's scared of nothing," manager Bob Melvin said, noting Gray's experience on the big stage just last week. "Everything that went on in that game factored into it. ... When he came up, we were into the season and a pennant race already and we threw him right into the fire and right away he pitched very well with a lot of confidence and always has that mound presence."

Melvin said he doesn't know how he might use, if at all, 18-game winner and Game 1 loser Bartolo Colon, who is "willing to do anything." He hasn't been ruled out as a reliever.

"Obviously we had two great options," Melvin said.

Verlander dominated in a thrilling pitcher's duel with Gray, who matched the ace as each threw zeros but had nothing to show for it in a 1-0 A's win.

"I'm not really sure we liked what we saw, it was pretty good," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of Gray. "At least we've seen him now."

Verlander is riding a 22-inning postseason scoreless streak against the A's, and has 33 strikeouts over the past three playoff matchups with Oakland, 11 in each outing.

Not that the A's are counting.

"He's been beaten before, it can happen again," third baseman Josh Donaldson said.

Verlander acknowledged it would have been great to pitch the playoff opener, while also noting 21-game winner Max Scherzer more than earned the nod. Now, Verlander gets the ball for his most meaningful start this year - to extend the season Thursday night.

"We all have a lot of confidence, we're playing at home, we know what we're up against in Verlander," A's shortstop Jed Lowrie said. "We're all prepared for one, winner-take-all scenario."

With Scherzer pitching in relief Tuesday, Verlander became the automatic Game 5 choice for manager Jim Leyland.

"That's kind of why we pitched him Game 2 so we'd have an option," Leyland said. "We were in a pretty good comfort zone to pitch Verlander if necessary, and it was necessary because we had to win (Tuesday). We're comfortable any time Verlander goes out there."

Both clubs chose to use Wednesday as a full day off without on-field workouts after two long flights in four days.

Who to start was quite a choice for 2012 AL Manager of the Year Melvin, whose team is trying to avoid having the season end at the hands of Detroit for the third time in as many postseasons - last year and also a four-game sweep by the Tigers in the 2006 AL championship series.

The last time the A's won a winner-take-all postseason game was in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series against the New York Mets. Oakland has lost its last five Game 5s in the AL division series since 2000.

The AL West champion A's know what's at stake - and realize full well the challenge of facing Verlander again. Last fall's frustrating finish is still fresh for everybody.

"We feel like this time we have a better chance to turn the tide," Melvin said. "It's awfully tough to go out there each and every time and consistently beat a team in the fashion that he has with us."

Verlander has hardly had the kind of dominant season like he had the past two years, including 2011 when he won both AL MVP and Cy Young Award honors. Yet that hardly affected Leyland's decision-making as he insisted Verlander's 13-12 record was hardly indicative of how well he pitched much of the season aside from a couple of rough stretches.

Oakland rookie Stephen Vogt delivered a walk-off single in Saturday's win once Verlander was out of the game. But he also had a wild 10-pitch at-bat with Verlander in which the left-handed hitting catcher fouled off the first five pitches and seven in all before striking out to end the seventh.

"We can expect pretty much what we saw from him the other night. Hopefully he makes a couple mistakes and we're able to capitalize," Vogt said. "It's a tough loss but we're not done. We still got one more game. We're not done."

Neither are those 48,000-plus fans with their swirling yellow rally towels packing the Coliseum. They are sure to be even more hyped up and fiery Thursday night after watching a disputed home run at Comerica Park in Tuesday's loss. On that play, a pair of fans reached out to grab the ball as right fielder Josh Reddick was leaping for it at the wall. The homer went to replay review and stood as a solo shot for Victor Martinez in the seventh.

"We just do it like we have been doing it all season long, we end up winning a pretty good ballgame and it's over, turn the page," Martinez said. "We go to Oakland now and play another game. We all know it's a tough place to play ... we go to the next day and play a brand new ballgame and see what happens."

Last Updated: 3/28/2017 10:59:31 AM EST

You are viewing a condensed version of this FoxSheet. Login as a FoxSheets Subscriber to view the full sheet.
Not a member? Subscribe today and start taking advantage of our premium information, including the Game Estimator™, the Super Situations ™, the Power Trends ™, and many more features.