Heading into game two of this American League matchup, it will be Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound for the Tigers (59-69, 28-35 home), facing off against the Astros (72-58, 37-27 away) and Hunter Brown. Find out my prediction for today’s Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers game in Detroit.
HOUSTON ASTROS VS DETROIT TIGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Detroit Tigers +110
This game will be played at Comerica Park at 6:10 ET on Saturday, August 26th.
WHY BET THE DETROIT TIGERS:
- In their ten most recent games as the favorite, the Astros have gone just 4-6 straight-up.
- The Astros have lost their two most recent games when favored on the moneyline.
- Opponents are hitting a healthy .316 against Hunter Brown in his last five starts.
HOUSTON ASTROS TRYING TO CLOSE GAP IN AL WEST
For the season, the Astros are 72-58 and 64-66 against the runline. In the AL West, they are in 3rd place and have gone 26-17 against division opponents. On the road, Houston have won two straight series. The Astros’ season-long over/under record sits at 66-61.
The Astros will look to Hunter Brown for the start, as the right-hander has gone 9-9 in 24 appearances this season. His ERA stands at 4.50, and he has a K/9 of 10.05, along with a FIP of 3.98 and an OBP of .321.
Hunter Brown is aiming to rebound from a brief performance against the Seattle Mariners. In Houston’s 7-6 defeat, he yielded six runs in 2 2/3 innings.
So far this season, the Astros’ has gone deep 167 times, placing them 8th in the league. Over Houston’s previous five games, they are 11th in runs scored, with their season average of 4.9 runs per game putting them 7th in the league. The Astros’ overall team batting average stands at .252 along with an OBP of .324.
The Astros have been bolstered by Kyle Tucker’s offensive production this season. The outfielder has a .291 batting average and has driven in 95 runs, while also hitting 25 home runs.
WILL THE DETROIT TIGERS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Heading into their 128th game of the season, the Tigers have an overall record of 59-69, and have a win percentage of just 44.4% at home. Currently, Detroit is 3rd in the AL Central and has a 17-21-5 record across their 43 series.
The Tigers will turn to starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who has an overall record of 9-6. Through 19 appearances, the right-hander boasts an ERA of 3.03 and a K/9 of 9.16. Additionally, he has compiled a FIP of 3.15 and an OBP of .270 thus far in the season.
Eduardo Rodriguez notched a quality start and a win in his last appearance against the Guardians, as the Tigers emerged victorious with a 4-1 scoreline. The southpaw surrendered one run and four hits across 6 2/3 innings of work.
During their last five games, Detroit is the 19th ranked offense in terms of batting average. In these games, they have hit a combined .230 and are averaging 5.2 runs per game. Across the entire season, the Tigers are hitting .235 with an OBP of .301 while averaging 4 runs per contest. This figure puts them 25th in the league.
Kerry Carpenter has been a consistent force for the Detroit Tigers this season, boasting a .290 batting average and .549 slugging percentage. Over the last ten games, he has been even more impressive, leading the team in hits and hitting an impressive .400.