In the second of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (63-53) and the Detroit Tigers (55-60) at Minute Maid Park, Collin McHugh (13-6, 4.22 ERA) and Justin Verlander (1-5, 4.57 ERA) get the start. The Astros won the last game 5-1 and Houston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 15 and will air on FSDT and RTSW.
In his last start, McHugh pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out eight and walking three in a 2-1 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 also unsuccessful the last time Verlander pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs (two unearned), striking out seven and walking three in a 7-2 loss to the Red Sox.
Houston is a -146 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Astros have a 35-26 record and overall money line at +447. The Astros come into the game with the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the 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. As for the pitching staff, the Astros lead the AL in ERA with a 3.42 team average. The Astros are third in the league in WHIP at 1.19.
On the other side, the Tigers have a record of 23-33 when they are the underdog and are -554 overall with the money line.
In their previous five games this season, the Astros have a 3-2 record. The Astros will take on a right-hander (Verlander) in this game and have a 40-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed McHugh will take the mound against the Tigers, who have a 40-47 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Hou, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Houston is 24-20, while Detroit is 25-26.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Tigers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Astros have a 20-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
The Astros and the Tigers are both 45-13 when they notch more hits than their opponent.
Ranking seventh in runs, Detroit has earned 501 this season. Houston ranks fifth with 507 runs.
Ranking 15th, Detroit is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 323 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 354.
The Astros are 51-32 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 41-28 when they hit at least one homer.