5:07 PM ET, October 8, 2013
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Oakland: Straily (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Detroit: Fister (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
After having a hard time in the first two games versus the Detroit Tigers, the Oakland Athletic’s lineup finally impressed YouWager experts versus one of the league’s top pitchers.
Oakland is one victory away from reaching the AL championship series for the first time in seven years and tonight they will face a pitcher they knocked around back in September.
The Athletic’s look to build on their latest showing and again frustrate Doug Fister as they try to close out Detroit in Game 4 at Comerica Park.
Even when splitting the two AL division series games at home, Oakland looked a bit shaky having totaled three runs and three extra-base hits. Things didn’t look promising earlier this week with a matchup versus Anibal Sanchez, the AL’s ERA leader at 2.57, but the A’s took him deep three times on its way to a 6-3 win.
Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith homered off the pitcher who allowed an AL-best 0.45 homers per nine innings during the regular MLB season.
However, Oakland should already be brimming with confidence considering they tagged Fister (14-9, 3.67 ERA) for season highs of seven runs and 13 hits in five innings of a 14-4 victory Aug. 28.
The 29 year-old pitcher was able to throw seven innings of two-run ball versus the A’s in Game 2 of 2012’s ALDS. Fister owns a 1.71 ERA over five career postseason starts but had good and bad performances over this season’s final 5 1/2 weeks. The California native had a 1.32 ERA in four outings and a 7.58 mark in the other three.
Oakland, who last made the ALCS in 2006 when it was swept by the Tigers, is also focused on winning Game 4 so they avoid another matchup with Game 1 winner Max Scherzer.
Moss is hitting .444 with five homers, 11 RBIs and eight runs in five games at Comerica Park this season. The 30 year-old is 3 for 5 with a double against Fister, including the MLB playoffs.
Starting for the A’s will be Dan Straily (10-8, 3.96), who according to the MLB live lines was strong during Oakland’s playoff push, going 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his final six starts. That stretch began opposite Fister at Comerica Park, when the right-hander gave up a run and eight hits in six innings.