In the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (63-54) and the Detroit Tigers (56-60) at Minute Maid Park, Mike Fiers (5-9, 4.03 ERA) and Matt Boyd (1-3, 7.11 ERA) get the ball. The Tigers won the last game 4-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 16 and will air on FSDT and RTSW.
In his last start, Fiers pitched 6.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out four and walking one in a 5-4 loss to the Athletics. George Springer (.264, 43 Rs, 13 HRs, 29 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. The Tigers were unsuccessful to the Royals 4-0 the last time Boyd pitched. He went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking one. Miguel Cabrera (.349, 43 Rs, 15 HRs, 54 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Houston is a considerable -185 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Astros have a 36-26 record and overall money line at +547. The Astros have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.4 runs per game. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking third in all of baseball with 89 steals. Houston's pitching staff can be considered for best in its league, with an AL-low 3.40 team ERA. The Astros don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking third in the league with a 1.19 WHIP.
Switching gears, the Tigers come into this game with a win percentage of .404 when playing as the underdog (23-34) and an overall money line of -654. The Tigers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Detroit's run production has dropped to 3.1 runs per game, compared to 4.4 for the duration of the season.
This game will feature Boyd (LHP) on the mound against the Astros, who have a 22-20 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Tigers will be the right-hander Fiers. They sport a 40-47 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Hou, O/U - Over
Detroit has won 49% (25-26) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 55% (24-20) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 16-31 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 45-13. The Tigers have a 46-13 record when outhitting opponents.
Houston and Detroit both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Houston sits at seventh with 509 runs this season and Detroit ranks ninth with 505.
Ranking 15th, Detroit is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 327 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 356.
When the Astros hit at least one home run, they are 51-33. When the Tigers hit at least one homer, they have a 41-28 record.