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#917 Houston Astros -375 vs.
#918 Detroit Tigers 9.5
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:10pm EDT
Written by Chris Kubala



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It’s the final game of an early week set between a pair of American League foes in the Motor City. The Houston Astros are on the road as they play the third game of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers Wednesday night. Houston bombed their way to an 8-1 victory in the opening game of the series on Monday night. The pitching matchup for Tuesday’s middle game of the set saw Wade Miley take the mound for Houston against Detroit’s Ryan Carpenter. First pitch in the game was set for 7:05 pm ET.

Houston Astros Try to Maintain Hot Stretch

Houston powered their way to a sixth straight win as they beat up on the Tigers thanks to the long ball. The Astros entered Tuesday’s action with a hefty 6.5-game lead over the Angels in the AL West race. Houston received homers from Jake Marisnick (his fourth), Robinson Chirinos (his sixth), Aledmys Diaz (his fourth) and Alex Bregman (his 13th) in the victory as their recent power surge continued. The offensive outburst was enough for Brad Peacock (4-2) to get the win. He threw five innings, allowing a run on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts before turning things over to the bullpen.

Justin Verlander takes the hill for his 10th start of the season as he faces his former team. He comes in 6-1 with a 2.51 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP, 14 walks and 68 strikeouts over 57.1 innings of work on the year. Verlander earned the win in his last start, which came Friday against the Rangers at home. He threw seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit with two walks and eight strikeouts in a 3-0 Houston triumph. Verlander is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA, a 0.67 WHIP, five walks and 22 strikeouts over 19.1 innings in his last three starts. He is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, one walk and 22 strikeouts over 13 innings in two career starts against the Tigers. Verlander is 98-50 with a 3.20 ERA, a 1.146 WHIP, 373 walks and 1,164 strikeouts over 1,256.2 innings in 188 career starts at Comerica Park.

Detroit Tigers Hope for Win on Getaway Day

Detroit was toppled in the opening game of this series as they were overpowered by a tough Houston lineup. The Tigers entered Tuesday 6.5 games behind the Twins in the AL Central and hope to gain some ground. Detroit finished with five hits in the contest: Ronny Rodriguez and Josh Harrison each had two hits in the contest. Grayson Grenier drove in the lone Detroit run in the fourth inning. Matthew Boyd (4-3) suffered the loss as he allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts over four innings of work.

The Tigers are expected to go with a bullpen day in this one after Tyson Ross hit the injured list over the weekend. He became the fourth starting pitcher expected to be in the rotation to hit the shelf already this season with Boyd the lone remaining starter expected to hold the job coming out of spring training. It’s projected that perhaps Nick Ramirez will get the ball here for his second appearance and first start of the year. He comes in with no record, a 2.25 ERA, a 1.75 WHIP, one walk and five strikeouts in the majors. Ramirez didn’t factor in the decision in his big league debut, which came in relief against the Twins Saturday. He threw four innings, allowing a run on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts in an 8-3 Tigers loss. In his second major league outing and first start, he would pitch against the Astros and at Comerica Park for the first time. Ramirez is 19-8 with four saves, a 2.53 ERA, a 1.187 WHIP, 63 walks and 137 strikeouts over 171 innings in 93 appearances, seven starts, in the minor leagues.

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Houston has hammered 30 homers in their last 10 games entering Tuesday night, the most prolific power surge in a 10-game stretch in franchise history. The Astros are pounding the ball all over the place and that comes with Jose Altuve hitting only .243 while residing on the injured list currently. Verlander is rolling this season and facing his former team is just more motivation for him to have success. The Tigers have a questionable pitching situation here as manager Ron Gardenhire’s answer to what their plan was for the game was “Yeah.” As for this one and the Tigers’ chances at a win, we have one word as well: “No.” Houston gets the nod here as Verlander sizzles.

Prediction: Houston Astros -1.5

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Houston has been blasting the ball all over the place of late. As we mentioned, they entered Tuesday with a franchise-record 30 homers in their last 10 games. Through the first six innings of Tuesday’s game, the Astros had gone deep three more times as Carlos Correa, George Springer and Diaz all had left the yard. Houston had piled up a 10-2 advantage in the top of the sixth so the offense didn’t slow down at all. Facing what is going to be a fatigued bullpen group as Carpenter lasted just four innings is going to be a boost for Houston. Can the Tigers find a way to slow the Astros’ charge here?

The over is 3-0-1 in the Astros’ last 4 road games, 3-0-2 in their last 5 vs. American League Central foes and 7-1-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record. Detroit has seen the over go 4-1-1 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15 and 10-3 in their last 13 Wednesday games. Houston’s bats stay hot and they help push this one over the total, even if Verlander keeps the Tigers in check.

Prediction: Over

Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.