Matt Boyd (1-2, 4.63 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (54-48) meet Collin McHugh (7-6, 4.18 ERA) and the Houston Astros (55-46) in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jul. 29 and will air on RTSW and FSDT.
In his last start, Boyd pitched 4.1 innings, giving up three and striking out four in a 4-3 loss to the White Sox. Miguel Cabrera (.301, 55 Rs, 21 HRs, 60 RBIs) played well again Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Astros were victorious over the Angels 7-2 the last time McHugh pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out six. Jose Altuve (.357, 75 Rs, 17 HRs, 60 RBIs, 25 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Astros, going 2 for 4 Wednesday.
The Astros are a -120 road favorite against the surging Tigers with a total of 9 runs.
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Detroit has won 56% (27-21) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Houston has won 57% (27-20) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Tigers have an 18-29 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 41-10. The Astros have a 41-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Houston has earned 460 this season. Detroit ranks ninth with 475 runs.
Ranking 13th, Houston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.749). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .763.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 34-28. When the Tigers allow one or more homers, they have a 27-33 record.