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Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros Predictions, Preview, and Odds – 8-19-2019
On Monday night, the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros will do battle in this AL Central vs AL West division matchup. First pitch is set for 8:10 PM ET, with Edwin Jackson on the mound for Detroit and Wade Miley going for Houston.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on FSDT for Detroit and ATSW for Houston.
Tigers Looking To Show Their Claws Against Struggling Astros
The Detroit Tigers have had another long baseball season and they will probably lose 110 games. They are the worst team in the majors and are 4-6 in their last ten games. The Tigers haven’t won a series since late July, when they took two out of three against the Los Angeles Angels. They just lost two of three to the Tampa Bay Rays, and they barely scored anything.
Before Edwin Jackson went to the Tigers, he was with the Toronto Blue Jays and he just couldn’t catch a break in helping his team get wins. In his eight Toronto starts, the Blue Jays only won one of his games. He also had a few extremely short outings, where he got lit up. However, since joining Detroit, he was able to give his new team two wins in his two starts. He only gave up 4 hits, and 1-2 runs, in both outings. He did give up a few home runs, but maybe he will keep the Tigers in Game 1 of this series.
The Tigers won 2-0, lost 1-0, and lost 5-4 in their weekend series with the Rays. In that 5-4 game, they had a 4-1 lead going into the 8th inning, gave up 2 runs in the 8th, and 2 runs in the 9th, for a terrible loss. This team just can’t catch a break, even when they outplayed a team for most of the game. In their most recent game, Detroit was able to get hits from the top, middle, and bottom of their lineup. So, there’s a positive in production from, each third of the lineup. Harold Castro was the head Tiger in Sunday’s loss. He went 2 for 4, with 1 run scored, and 3 RBI’s.
However, the Tigers did battle hard against a Tampa Bay team that is trying to get a wild card spot. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire thought it was in the bag, but the bullpen let it slip away. “Boyd was really good,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It was a big performance by him and I’m disappointed we couldn’t get him the win. Getting into the second half of the game and getting seven [innings] was fantastic. We had [Buck] Farmer and [Joe] Jimenez on the mound; we’re supposed to win that game. Just didn’t happen.”
Astros Need A Good Homestand
The Houston Astros were cruising with a 10 plus game lead in the AL West and most people thought that the division race was over. Baseball hot and cold streaks come and go when you least expect, even good teams go through it. The Astros had a below-average 10 game road trip and a tough series against the Oakland Athletics. The team still has a comfortable lead for the division crown, but they need to get some winning ball going again.
Wade Miley is just another great pitcher on this already loaded pitching staff. He has given up 2 runs or less in five of his last six starts. Miley usually pitches 5-6 innings, gives up a few runs, and only a few hits. He beat the Tigers back on May 14th. In that game, he went 6 innings, gave up 4 runs, and 7 hits.
In that Oakland series, Houston lost a slugfest duel, a close low scoring extra-inning game, and then the pitching gave up some big A’s rallies for an 8-4 loss on Saturday. The newest Astros player, Zack Greinke pitched a gem on Sunday, to stop the bleeding a bit for Houston. In the series, Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman hit well in every game and drove in most of the Astros runs. Look for these hitters to keep it going against the lowly Tigers. Also, the Astros lead the season series against Detroit 3-0.
Yordon Álvarez has been the newest spark for this great Astros team and just like the team, he has been struggling a bit. He had a great game on Saturday, hitting 2 home runs, and his quote pretty much sums up what the Astros hitters need to do to get out of the funk, as well as his own funk with hitting: “Just keep making adjustments,” Álvarez said through an interpreter. “There are ups and downs throughout the season, but I just kept making adjustments and the results came through today.”
- Astros are 9-1 in last 10 home games
- Astros are 3-0 against Tigers this season
- Astros are 6-2 in last 8 Miley starts
- In 2019, teams are 3-7 in Jackson starts
- Tigers are 2-6 in last 8 games overall
- Tigers are 1-5 in last 6 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Houston Astros line is at an insane -400. So, let’s go with the runline to make things interesting. The Astros have been all over the Tigers this season. They won two games by 7 runs, and one game by 4 runs.
It’s an easy bet that they will win this game by at least 4 runs. Sure Jackson has pitched well in his last two starts for Detroit, but half of his starts this season, have been awful. He has given up a homerun or two, in every outing this season, except one. Even if he is on his game for a bit, expect at least one long ball. Maybe even three with this Astros team.
Prediction: Houston Astros -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Astros have outscored the Tigers 24-6 this season. The over/under has gone over twice. Now the Tigers played well in their last series with Tampa, but they just couldn’t get the offense going to help out the starting pitchers.
Meanwhile, the Astros had an above average effort against Oakland, but the A’s were on a mission in those games, and the Astros just couldn’t catch a break or come through, until their all around, great win on Sunday. Houston is back home and they want to do another pitching gem, with a few homeruns. Astros win 6-2.
Prediction: Under 9.5