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Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/27/14

Detroit Tigers (42-32) at Houston Astros (33-46)

MLB Baseball: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Justin Verlander (R) (6-7) (4.815) vs. Brad Peacock (R) (2-3) (3.994)

The Line: Houston Astros +139 / Detroit Tigers -149 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-DET, CSN-HOU

The Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros begin a three-game series at Minute Maid Park on Friday.

The Tigers have won seven straight games and are 11 games above a .500 record. The Tigers offense has been on fire lately, producing four or more runs in six straight games. Miguel Cabrera has five hits in his last two games and Ian Kinsler has 12 hits in his last six games. Pitching wise, the Tigers have the 22nd worst ERA in baseball at 4.11. Justin Verlander takes the hill, and he’s 6-7 with a 4.82 ERA and has 77 strikeouts in 104.2 innings. Verlander is 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in three career starts against the Astros.

Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/27/14

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The Astros have been dreadful the last couple of weeks, losing eight of their last 10 games. Of course pitching has had a lot to do with it, as the Astros have allowed four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. Overall, the Astros have an ERA of 4.15, which is 25th in the majors. Offensively, the Astros haven’t been much better, but George Springer has three homers in his last six games and Jose Altuve has 17 hits in his last nine games. Brad Peacock gets the start, and he’s 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in 66 innings. This is Peacock’s second career start against the Tigers. 

The Tigers are 4-9 in Verlander's last 13 starts as a road favorite and 2-5 in Verlander's last 7 starts overall. The Astros are 4-1 in Peacock's last 5 starts during game 1 of a series and 3-8 in Peacock's last 11 starts as an underdog. The Tigers are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Houston.

Do you trust Verlander this season? Yeah, me neither. Although the Astros are trash, there's value in getting a decent pitcher in Peacock at home. I'll throw Houston a bone at this price and with the way Verlander has been playing. 

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Houston Astros +139

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