Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/6/14
Houston Astros (10-21) at Detroit Tigers (17-9)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Brett Oberholtzer (L) (0-5) (5.623) vs. Pitcher TBA () (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -180 / Houston Astros +170 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, FSN-DET
The Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers will play game two of four when they take the field on Tuesday. The Tigers won game one, 2-0.
The Astros have lost five of their last six games and are 12 games below a .500 record. In game on, the Astros batting lineup struck out nine times and put together only nine hits. Before that game it’s been the complete opposite, as the Astros pitching rotation is usually the guilt party is losing ball games. The Astros have allowed four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games and entered Monday ranked 29th in the MLB in team ERA. Starting Tuesday for the Astros will be Brett Oberholtzer, who is 0-5 with a 5.63 ERA and has 27 strikeouts in 32 innings. This will be the first time Oberholtzer has faced the Tigers in his career.
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The Tigers have won eight of their last nine games and improve to a blistering 18-9 start to the season. The Tigers offense has really taken flight during this stretch, scoring seven or more runs in five of their last nine games. Torii Hunter has 18 hits in his last 10 games and Nick Castellanos has 10 RBI in his last 10 games. Of course, the Tigers pitching has also been solid and rookie Robbie Ray will see his first big league action on Tuesday. Ray spent the last five seasons in the minors, racking up a 20-22 record with a 4.07 ERA and striking out 364 batters in 367 innings.
The Astros are 1-10 in Oberholtzer's last 11 starts and 0-5 in Oberholtzer's last 5 starts as a road underdog. The Tigers are 41-20 in their last 61 home games vs. a left-handed starter and 9-1 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series. The Astros are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Detroit.
Although the Tigers are head and shoulders the better team in this matchup, they're starting a rookie pitcher. While Ray does have good stuff, I see value in taking a team that's facing a kid making his first start at the big league level. Tred carefully, but the Astros are worth a shot in this spot.