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Astros vs. Tigers - 4/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers (6-3) at Houston Astros (4-7)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

A Sanchez (2-0) (3.37) vs. M Fiers (0-1) (6.55)

The Line: Houston Astros -128 / Detroit Tigers +118 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSDT, RTSW

The Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros play a rubber game of their three-game series Sunday afternoon.

The Detroit Tigers hope to keep rolling after winning four of their last five games. The Tigers pitching staff has been getting it done during this stretch, as Detroit has allowed three or less runs in six of its last nine games. The Detroit Tigers have won six of their last seven games when allowing three or less runs, and they’ve allowed just four runs total in this series. Offensively, Ian Kinsler leads Detroit with 15 hits, Jarrod Saltalamacchia has 10 RBI and Nick Castellanos has two home runs. Anibal Sanchez gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

Astros vs. Tigers - 4/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros look to stop the bleeding after losing five of their last seven games. The Astros offense continues to be in a slump, as Houston has scored three or less runs in five straight games. That has to improve considering five of the Houston Astros eight losses this season have come when the lineup has failed to produce more than three runs. Tyler White leads Houston with 15 hits, George Springer has seven RBI and Jose Altuve has three home runs. Mike Fiers takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Fiers is 0-0 with a 1.64 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.

The Tigers are 3-12 in their last 15 Sunday games and 12-3 in Sanchezs last 15 starts overall. The Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games and 0-5 in Fiers' last 5 starts. The Tigers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.

Not sure what's up with this line, but we're getting the better pitcher and the hotter team for the plus money. Sanchez has been really solid this season, and the Astros can't put runs on the board all of a sudden. I'll take the value with the Tigers and the plus money. 

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Detroit Tigers +118

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