Houston Astros (47-28) vs. Detroit Tigers (32-43)
June 26, 2021 1:10 pm EDT
The Line: Detroit Tigers +185 / Houston Astros -205; Over/Under: 7
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The Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers meet in game one of a doubleheader in MLB action from Comerica Park on Saturday.
The Houston Astros will look to build off of their 12-3 rout of the Tigers on Thursday. Yordan Alvarez led the way with five RBIs, belting a grand slam while Carlos Correa went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Martin Maldonado had two RBIs and Abraham Toro and Yuli Gurriel each had an RBI to round out Houston’s scoring as a team in the win with Gurriel going 3 for 5 with a double. Myles Straw went 4 for 6 at the dish while Michael Brantley and Kyle Tucker each had two hits with Brantley adding a double as well to cap off the offense for the ‘Stros in the win. Luis Garcia got the win to improve to 6-4 on the year after allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Framber Valdez will start here and is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Valdez’s second career start against the Tigers.
The Detroit Tigers will look to rebound from a frustrating loss at the hands of the Astros on Thursday. Akil Baddoo and Daz Cameron each had a double and an RBI with Baddoo going 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles while Cameron had a 2 for 3 day at the plate. Willi Castro added an RBI as well to finish off Detroit’s scoring as a team in the loss while Robbie Grossman added a double as well. Erik Haase had a pair of hits while Jeimer Candelario and Nomar Mazara each had a base hit as well to cap off the offense for Detroit in the win. Jose Urena took the loss on the mound, falling to 2-8 on the year after allowing four earned runs on eight hits over 3.2 innings of work. Casey Mize will start here and is 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. This will be Mize’s second career start against Houston.
Houston is 49-19 in their last 68 games against the AL Central while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 games as a favorite. The over is 5-2 in Detroit’s last 7 games as an underdog.
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This is a great pitching matchup to kick off the doubleheader on Saturday as Valdez has been stellar and if there’s any pitcher for Detroit that could take down the Astros, it’s Mize, who already has a win and seven shutout innings against them earlier this season. I think a pitcher’s duel is on the cards here, and I think this could end up being a 2-1 or 3-2 game. Give me the under here.