The Detroit Tigers and the Houston Astros start an MLB betting four-game series tonight, with the ALWD leaders reeling after being swept by the Indians.
Time: 8:10 PM
Venue: Minute Maid Park
MLB Betting odds for fans who bet on baseball:
Tigers +1½ (-170) 8½ (-115) +122
Astros -1½ (+150) 8½ (-105) -132
On the mound: Michael Fulmer (RHP, 5-1, 2.72 ERA) has pitched seven or more innings with three earned runs or less in four of his five last five starts, including a 5-4 win against the Orioles on Wednesday. This will be Fulmer’s first outing against Houston, and only Norichika Aoki and Carlos Beltran have gone up against him, going a total 0-for-11 with three strikeouts. The 2016 American League Rookie of the Year has not lost since April 18th and is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in three starts in May. “I feel good,” Peacock said on Sunday. Yeah, but did he know that he would?
At bat: Designated hitter Victor Martinez is expected to be return in time for tonight’s game after spending the past three days in his home country of Venezuela for the birth of his fourth child. Martinez has five homers and 16 RBIs in 23 career games against the Astros.
Miscellanea: Detroit will open a ten-game, three-city road trip to finish the month of May. The Tigers will have played 17 games in 16 days by the end of the month.
Recent form: The Tigers have won three of their last five games. Additionally, Detroit has won 80% of their last five meetings with Houston. Trends for fans who bet on baseball: Detroit is 2-5 against the spread in the last seven games but the Tigers have been able to cover in five of their last six versus the Astros. The MLB betting total has gone under in four of Detroit’s last five road games.
On the mound: Brad Peacock (RHP, 2-0, 1.10 ERA) will have the daunting task of starting in lieu of Dallas Keuchel, who is on the 10-day DL with pinched neck nerve. Peacock is a reliever who hasn’t had a start since Spring Training, but manager A.J. Hinch told him back then that he’d be the replacement if a starter was injured. How touching.
At bat: Second baseman Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-run home run on Sunday. Miscellanea: Catcher Brian McCann is on the seven-day concussion DL since Sunday. Juan ‘John Rye’ Centeno will catch one of the next two games said Hinch.
Recent form: The Astros have lost four of their last six home games, including the last three straight to Cleveland. Conversely, Houston has won five of their last seven times hosting the Tigers. Trends for fans who bet on baseball: Houston has covered in nine of the last 13 overall games but only in two of the last six at home. The MLB betting total has gone under in two thirds of the Astros’ last six games versus Detroit at Minute Maid Park.