The Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros clash for their fourth and final game of their series. The Tigers will head to Chicago after for a weekend series with the White Sox, while the Astros stay home and welcome the Orioles over the weekend. Houston took the first two games of the series, with the Tigers getting some production in the top of the 8th and 9th last night to take a 6-3 victory and a chance to split this series on Thursday.
The loss doesn’t do much to the Astros, who are still sitting atop the AL West with a 7.5 game lead. The Astros are tied, with the, Rockies? With the best overall record in all of baseball. Who knows if the Rockies are going to sustain this rate of success, but they’ve been enjoying the ride thus far.
While the verdict is out on Colorado, I believe that the Astros are far from fakers. They fell asleep at the wheel in 2016, but they’re coming back strong to replicate their 2015 campaign. As wide open as MLB is, the Astros are a team who may make some noise come October.
Their pitching has been top-notch, and there are capable hitters littering the lineup. It wasn’t on full display last night, but the Astros as a whole are a dangerous ballclub. Justin Verlander and Mike Fiers will extend their services on the mound tonight. Fiers is the ugly duckling in the rotation thus far, but he’s been avoiding a train wreck, so his job should be safe if he stays the course. Get our free Tigers vs. Astros pick at The Sports Geek.
Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros Pick
Justin Verlander (4-3, 4.39 ERA) vs. Mike Fiers (1-2, 5.14 ERA)
It was a needed win for the Tigers, who were in danger of losing their fourth game in a row, and five of their last six. The rest of the AL Central have been slow starters, so despite a slow start, they are only a few games back of 1st place.
Verlander started slow a year ago, and then turned it around on the drop of a hat. Nevertheless, he’s been a wreck on the road. Note that Verlander holds a 7.24 ERA and 1.79 WHIP pitching on the road, away from Comerica.
Fiers had a successful start against the Tigers in his last showing against them. He didn’t give a run up and only 4 hits across 6.1 innings of work. Additionally, he’s been a better pitcher at home, posting a 3.50 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Fiers was strong in his last outing, with 1 earned run allowed. The Astro offense was lifeless last night, but I think they come to life against Verlander, who hasn’t shown much when he’s been out of Detroit. The Astros get it back tonight, delivering us a winning MLB pick.
PICK: ASTROS (-120)