Detroit Tigers (3-5) at Houston Astros (6-3)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Casey Mize (0-0) (2.25) vs. Zack Greinke (1-0) (1.38)
The Line: Houston Astros -225 / Detroit Tigers +204 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Tigers and the Houston Astros meet Monday in MLB action from Minute Maid Park.
Detroit is coming off a weekend series versus the Indians. After losses in the first two games, on Sunday the Tigers fell by three runs to complete the sweep. As for the Astros, they played the A’s in their last set. Houston lost two out of those three games. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Detroit couldn’t get much going in the first couple of games versus the Indians this weekend, falling in the first pair by a combined 15-4 score. On Sunday, the Tigers managed just two runs on four hits, falling 5-2. Starter Jose Urena put up 4.2 innings with three hits, two earned, five walks and four Ks.
For the Monday starting pitcher role, the Tigers are sending out Casey Mize. In his season debut this year, Mize posted 4.0 innings versus the Twins, giving up five hits, one earned, two walks and four strikeouts.
Over on the Astros’ side, they managed a 6-2 win over the A’s on Thursday, but then fell in the next two matchups 6-2 Friday and 7-3 Saturday. Starting pitcher Jose Urquidy lasted 6.0 innings with four earned on seven hits and seven Ks in the Saturday game.
For the Monday starter role, the Astros will send out Zack Greinke. So far this year Greinke has two starts under his belt, posting 13.0 innings with eight hits, two earned, one walk and eight strikeouts in that pair. Houston will look to get another good run of innings from Greinke in this one.
The Tigers are 16-38 in their last 54 in game one of a series and 55-134 in their last 189 overall. Detroit is 11-30 in their last 41 Monday games and 21-57 in their last 78 road games.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 42-10 in their last 52 after an off day and 61-21 in their last 82 in game one of a series. Houston is 61-27 in their last 88 home games and 43-15 in their last 58 versus the AL Central.
PICK: I’m sticking with the Astros in this one. Mize looked pretty good in his first start this year, but didn’t get a lot of innings due mainly to pitch count. The better news is that Mize’s velocity is up over last year. As for Greinke he’s been pretty darn great in two starts so far. We should have a pretty good starter battle here, but I think Greinke and the Astros offense have the advantage.