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#971 Detroit Tigers 9.5 vs.
#972 Houston Astros -255
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 8:10pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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After going through a rough week, the Houston Astros will be trying to bounce back with a series win over the Detroit Tigers. Game 2 of the four-game series will be played at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night and is scheduled to begin at 8:10 PM. ET.

Spencer Turnbull, 3-11, 3.75 ERA, will get the start for the Tigers. The Astros will counter with Aaron Sanchez, 5-14, 5.79 ERA.

(This preview was written before Monday’s game was played).

Tigers Trying To End Road Woes

The Tigers haven’t played well this season, but they have been particularly bad on the road and have lost 16 of their 20 road games since the All-Star break. Even though the odds are firmly against them, they will be trying to end their losing streak to the Astros by picking up a rare road win on Tuesday.

Offensively, Detroit is the worst team in the league. The team’s .235 batting average is 30th in the league. Their .293 on-base percentage is also 30th, while their .385 slugging percentage is 29th in the league. The 440 runs they have scored is 30th in the league.

Miguel Cabrera leads the Tigers with a .278 batting average and 48 RBI, while Brandon Dixon leads the team with 14 home runs.

Detroit’s pitching also ranks near the bottom of the league. Opponents have a .270 batting average against the Tigers, which is 27th in the league. Their 5.12 ERA is 28th, while their 34 quality starts are 26th in the league.

In his last start, Turnbull gave up six hits and three earned runs in five innings, leading to a 7-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners. The team will need a better performance from him to beat Houston on Tuesday.

Astros Trying To Stay Dominant At Home

The Astros are coming off a rough road trip in which they lost five of their seven games. With the team back at Minute Maid Park, where they have won six consecutive games, they will try to stay hot and pick up their seventh consecutive win in front of their home crowd and increase their lead in the AL West as well.

Houston is one of the best offensive teams in the league. The team’s .274 batting average is second in the league. Their .349 on-base percentage is first, while their .487 slugging percentage is third in the league. The 685 runs they have scored are fifth in the league.

Michael Brantley leads the Astros with a .335 batting average. Alex Bregman leads the team with 30 homers, while Yuli Gurriel leads the team with 86 RBI.

Houston’s pitching is also among the best in the league. Opponents have a .222 batting average against the Astros, which is first in the league. Their 3.74 ERA is fourth, while their 70 quality starts to lead the league.

In his last start, Sanchez gave up seven hits and six earned runs in 5.1 innings, in what was his worst start since he was acquired by the Astros at the trade deadline. They will need him to bounce back from the loss and pitch as he did in his first two starts with the team to get the win on Tuesday.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Astros are not playing at their best right now, but they have won their last three games against the Tigers by an average margin of six runs per game. Even though they struggled on the road last week, they have been great at home and have won 43 of their last 58 home games, which gives them a big advantage over a Tigers team that has only 15 wins in their last 51 road games. The fact that the Tigers have lost Turnbull’s last 10 starts also improves Houston’s chances to get the win.

Prediction: Houston Astros -1.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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Even though the Astros have a clear advantage in this game, they have not played well offensively over the last week and are averaging 3.33 runs per game in their last three games. They will struggle to score a lot of runs against Turnbull, who has given up 10 total runs in his last four starts. The Tigers have been worse offensively and are averaging two runs per game in their last three games. Even though Sanchez gave up six runs in his last start, he gave up one run in his previous two starts and should bounce back from the poor start and limit Detroit’s offense.

Prediction: Under

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Astros will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Tigers in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging two runs per game while the Tigers average one run per game.

Prediction: Houston Astros

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Tigers and Astros are averaging three combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and they will fall short of the first five-inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.