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.
(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.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 19, 2019
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 Astros (@astros) August 18, 2019
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.
- 10-42 in their last 52 vs. American League West.
- 15-36 in their last 51 road games.
- 0-4 in Turnbull’s last 4 road starts.
- 43-15 in their last 58 home games.
- 40-11 in their last 51 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- 42-17 in their last 59 vs. American League Central.