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Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros - 7/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (67-34) at Detroit Tigers (45-55)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)

D Keuchel (9-0) (1.67) vs. J Zimmermann (6-8) (5.81)

The Line: Detroit Tigers +160 / Houston Astros -178 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit

The Houston Astros visit the Detroit Tigers on Friday to kick off a three game weekend set from Comerica Park.

The Houston Astros will be looking to bounce back after a 9-0 loss in their series finale against the Phillies on Wednesday. Jose Altuve went 2 for 4 with a double and Josh Reddick added a two-bagger of his own while Marwin Gonzalez, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Tyler White added base hits of their own in the losing effort for the ‘Stros. Mike Fiers took the loss, falling to 7-5 this season after giving up three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out seven over just four innings of work. Dallas Keuchel will get the nod, making his return from the DL after a neck injury, and is 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keuchel is 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Detroit.

Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros - 7/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Tigers will be looking to forget about their series with the Royals, especially after being throttled by a final score of 16-2 in the series finale on Wednesday. Jose Iglesias went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI while Andrew Romine and Nick Castellanos each racked up a pair of base hits in the loss. Mikie Mahtook and James McCann each added a base knock of their own as the Tigers put up seven hits as a team in the losing effort. Anibal Sanchez took the loss, falling to 2-1 this season after allowing four runs on nine hits while talking a pair and striking out four over 3.2 innings of work. Jordan Zimmermann will start game one and is 6-8 with a 5.81 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. In his career, Zimmermann is 2-3 with a 2.95 ERA and 35 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 7-0 in Keuchel’s last 7 road starts and 41-15 in their last 56 road games while the over is 15-5-1 in their last 21 games overall. Detroit is 0-4 in Zimmermann’s last 4 starts against the AL West and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 11-3-1 in Zimmermann’s last 15 home starts. Houston is 4-1 in Keuchel’s last 5 starts against Detroit.

Detroit looked like a train wreck in their series against the Royals, and while Houston looked bad against Philadelphia on Wednesday, I think that was just a minor blip in the grand scheme of things. Keuchel may be a bit rusty, but the Astros getting their ace back on the mound will surely do wonders for Houston in game one. Not to mention Zimmermann has struggled mightily, giving up four or more runs in four of his last five starts, so I’ll take Houston by a couple of runs here to start the series on a high note.

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