Kyle Lobstein (3-4, 4.29 ERA) and Lance McCullers (0-0, 1.93 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers (26-17) and the Houston Astros (27-16) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 6-2 and Detroit leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 4:08 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 23 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and FSN-DET.
Lobstein pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Brewers. Miguel Cabrera (.342, 24 Rs, 10 HRs, 31 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run. McCullers went 4.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking three in a 2-1 defeat to the Athletics in his last outing.
Detroit is a -117 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 +558 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.
Over in the other dugout, Houston is coming in with an overall money line of +1,223 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 are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the AL with 9.2 hits per road game. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 39 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.21 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 1.16 for the season.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Tigers have an 18-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when McCullers takes the mound. Lobstein (LHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 10-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
Houston has won 67% (12-6) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 72% (13-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Astros have a 2-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Tigers have a slight leg up on the Astros, as the Tigers have won their last three games while the Astros have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 16-4. The Tigers have a 23-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Detroit and Houston both rank in the top five of the league in runs. Detroit sits at fourth with 190 runs this season and Houston ranks fifth with 189.
Ranking eighth, Houston is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 143 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at fifth with 146.
The Tigers are 18-5 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Astros are 21-9 when they hit at least one homer.