David Price (3-1, 3.40 ERA) and Scott Feldman (3-4, 5.06 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers (24-17) and the Houston Astros (27-14) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 21 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and FSN-DET.
Price is 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA in his appearances against the Astros, and goes up against a below-average Houston offense which is batting just .231 this season. Miguel Cabrera (.331, 23 Rs, 10 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Feldman is 1-3 with a 7.34 ERA against the Tigers in his career. He is up against a good Detroit offense that's batting .278. Jake Marisnick (.299, 17 Rs, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Detroit is a -166 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have an overall money line of +358 and a record as the favorite of 15-11. Detroit is a disappointing 2-5 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Detroit is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 37 bases.
As for their opponent, Houston is coming in with an overall money line of +1,323 and an impressive record of 16-6 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 second in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.12 ERA on the road. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.14 for the season.
The Tigers have a 16-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Feldman takes the mound. Price (LHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have very good records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 4-1 and 10-5, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
Detroit and Houston have both won 71% (12-5) of their games when they lead after 7 innings.
The Detroit batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Houston has a record of 7-5 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 1-12. The Astros have an 8-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Houston has hit 61 this season. Detroit ranks 18th with 34 home runs.
Ranking 15th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.55 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with 9.48.
Ranking ninth, Houston is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.725). Detroit ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .768.
The Astros are 11-7 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Tigers are 9-12 when they allow at least one homer.