Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (55-46) at Detroit Tigers (54-48)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
C McHugh (7-6) (4.18) vs. Matt Boyd (1-2) (4.64)
The Line: Detroit Tigers TBA / Houston Astros TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: RTSW, FSDT
On Friday in MLB activity from Comerica Park, the Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers will be kicking off their weekend series.
The Astros just finished up against the Yankees this week. Houston dropped the first two games, but was able to get a 4-1 win in the third to prevent the New York sweep.
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Over on the Tigers’ side, they just completed a set with the Red Sox. Boston swept Detroit in all three of those games by a combined four runs total.
RHP Collin McHugh will be starting for the Astros on Friday. In his 20 starts and 7-6 record this season, McHugh owns a 4.18 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP in 114 innings. In a win against the Angels his last time out, McHugh put up six innings with six hits and two earned.
The Houston order features a lot of enviable hitters. Jose Altuve is blasting on 142 hits with 75 runs, 17 homers and 60 RBI this year. George Springer is in the century club as well with 104 hits, 73 runs, 22 homers and 60 RBI. Carlos Correa is knocking on the door with his 98 hits, 51 runs, 15 homers and 65 RBI in 2016.
As for the Tigers, they’ll be sending out southpaw Matt Boyd on Friday. In eight games (seven starts) and a 1-2 record, Boyd holds a 4.91 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP in 40.1 innings. Taking a no-decision his last time out, Boyd allowed five hits and three runs in 4.1 innings against the White Sox.
Taking the swings for the Tigers, it’s pretty easy to find the stars. Ian Kindler leads all hitters with 119 hits, 81 runs, 20 homers and 57 RBI. Miguel Cabrera is still crushing on a .301 average, 114 hits, 55 runs, 21 homers and 60 RBI. Nick Castellans has hit 110 times with 49 runs, 18 homers and 55 RBI thus far.
The Astros are 4-0 in their last four games following an off day, and 5-0 in their last five Friday games. Houston is also 7-1 in McHugh’s last eight starts in game one of a series, and 4-1 in McHugh’s last five road starts.
As for the Tigers, they’re 5-0 in their last five versus the American League West, and 4-0 in their last four game ones of a series. Detroit is also 5-2 in their last seven overall and 21-10 in their last 31 home games.
I don’t have a whole lot of faith in Boyd right now, so I’ll take the Astros here and be happy about it.