Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 5.60 ERA) and Roberto Hernandez (2-3, 3.99 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers (26-18) and the Houston Astros (28-16) at Comerica Park. The Astros won the last game 3-2 and Detroit leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 24 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and FSN-DET.
Sanchez is 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA in his appearances against the Astros, and goes up against a below-average Houston offense which is batting just .228 this season. Miguel Cabrera (.342, 24 Rs, 10 HRs, 31 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Hernandez is 8-7 with a 4.32 ERA against the Tigers in his career. He is up against a good Detroit offense that's batting .279.
Detroit is a -148 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have recorded an overall money line of +661 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 17-11. Detroit is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 41 bases.
In the other locker room, Houston is coming in with an overall money line of +1,110 and an impressive record of 16-7 as the dog. Offensively, they average five runs per game on the road, which is the best in the AL. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 62 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 39 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.22 ERA on the road. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.15 for the season.
The Tigers lead the season series, 2-1. The Tigers have a 19-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hernandez takes the mound. Sanchez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have very good records against right-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 8-4 and 17-10, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Astros won by a margin of one run. The Tigers are 9-8 in one-run games. The Astros have an 11-4 record in close games.
When leading after 7 innings, Detroit is 13-5, while Houston is 12-6.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Tigers need to step it up. The Astros have a record of 9-3 when opponents get six hits or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 1-13. The Astros have an 8-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Houston has hit 62 this season. Detroit ranks 16th with 37 home runs.
Ranking 15th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.56 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with 9.63.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.711). Detroit ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .767.
The Astros are 11-9 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Tigers are 10-12 when they allow at least one homer.