The Houston Astros were able to get their feet underneath them yesterday afternoon against the Athletics in Oakland. Zack Greinke brought out his elite arm and put on a clinic against the A’s to prevent a sweep. Greinke showed why the Astros traded for him, as he put on a flawless performance in seven innings of work.
He allowed just 1-run to give his team a 4-1 win over Oakland. It was their only win in the three-game series over the weekend. Believe it or not, the Astros were on a five-game losing streak going into Sunday. They also had losses against the White Sox leading into the weekend, so it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Astros recently.
This doesn’t impact the Astros at all when it comes to the AL West. That’s under control, as they own a 7.5-game lead in the division. The A’s could have gotten within 6.5 games with a win on Sunday, but they cam up short on that regard. In any event, it was a good weekend for Oakland in their quest for a wildcard. They are 1.5 games back of the Rays, so easily within striking distance.
The Astros can get those losses back quickly in Detroit this weekend. They’re at Minute Maid Park for a four-game series against the 37-84 Tigers. The Tigers and the Orioles are the only teams in the majors without 40 wins, Detroit with 37 and Baltimore at 39.
If the Astros focus and play their game, this shouldn’t be a difficult series for them. Former Blue Jay, Edwin Jackson, who was a mess in Toronto, will be making his third start with the Tigers in 2019. Edwin was a Tiger back in 2009 when the team was a contender, but things are a lot different since he’s been here. Wade Miley will counter for the Astros in this spot. Head below for our free Astros vs. Tigers pick.
Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers Pick:
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The Blue Jays had enough of Edwin Jackson and released him after posting a 11.12 ERA in eight appearances, five of which were starts. They were desperate for arms in their starting rotation and Jackson happened to be a cheap option to throw in there. Even though wins and losses don’t mean much for the Jays this season, they couldn’t continue to watch him put up that kind of effort on the mound. With the Jays wanting to get some of the younger guys involved in the minors as well, it made sense to release him.
He was released, and much to his satisfaction, another team came calling for his services. And thus far, it’s been a nice start for Jackson’s second stint with the Tigers. He has a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 innings of work in Detroit. However, his overall ERA this season still stands at a horrendous 8.62 with a 1.84 WHIP and .401 OBA.
I’d be surprised if he can keep this going against the Astros tonight. The ‘Stros did not have a good showing at the plate against the A’s this past weekend and they are likely going to want to take some frustration out on the Tigers. The teams that Edwin held down were the Royals and Mariners, so he instantly gets a stiffer challenge on Monday night.
Wade Miley has been a tremendous acquisition for the Astros. They lost Charlie Morton and plan B has worked out extremely well. Miley goes into Minute Maid with a 3.11 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He often gets lost in the mix in this rotation, failing to get much recognition on a team loaded with talented hurlers.
This Tigers’ roster has actually been able to hit him, though. They’re hitting .302 with a .359 OBP and 22 runs scored in 106 at-bats. Miley hasn’t been as sharp on the road as well, but has performed well at home. He owns a 3.97 ERA and 1.32 WHIP on the road as opposed to a 2.02 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. Having said all that, I still think the Astros win this game. The prices on the ‘Stros are getting absurd, though, even on the runline. The OVER at a much better price looks like pick in Houston on Monday.