Justin Verlander (3-4, 4.58 ERA) and Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 3.99 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (22-22) and the Philadelphia Phillies (25-20) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 5-4, and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 24 and can be seen on CSPh and FSDT.
Verlander pitched 7.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out 10 and walking three in a 6-3 win over the Twins. Miguel Cabrera (.327, 27 Rs, 11 HRs, 28 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 3 with three runs, two home runs, and two RBIs. Hellickson went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 4-2 win over the Marlins in his last outing. Odubel Herrera (.335, 26 Rs, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Phillies, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Detroit and Philadelphia are Tigers -190, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 as of now.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The Phillies lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Tigers are 7-6. The Phillies are 14-4 in close games this season.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Phillies have a 4-11 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 4-13. The Phillies have a 6-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 34 this season. Detroit ranks fifth with 60 home runs.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.69 per game. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 9.23.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.658). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .769.
When the Phillies allow at least one home run, they are 9-16. When the Tigers allow one or more homers, they have a 14-17 record.