SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros meet Thursday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park. The Detroit Tigers need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros look for a win after winning eight of their last 11 games.
The Detroit Tigers have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or fewer runs in six of their last seven games. The Tigers have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or fewer runs. Austin Meadows leads the Tigers with 23 hits and 11 RBI, while Robbie Grossman and Miguel Cabrera have combined for 37 hits and 14 RBI. Tarik Skubal gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Skubal’s second career game against the Astros.
The Houston Astros have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Astros are 10-0 this season when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 24 hits and 9 RBI, while Kyle Tucker and Alex Bregman have combined for 43 hits and 31 RBI. Jose Urquidy gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 5.95 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. This will be Urquidy’s first career game against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The Astros are 99-42 in their last 141 during game 1 of a series and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The under is 27-12-1 in Tigers last 40 overall. The under is 22-8-1 in Astros last 31 overall. The Tigers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Tarik Skubal has been solid through 20.2 innings, but I’m not sure if it matters when you consider the Tigers can’t string together offense. The Tigers have scored three or fewer runs in six of their last seven games. Jose Urquidy has allowed 13 runs in his first 19.2 innings, but he’s shown us enough through his first three seasons to assume a turnaround is coming. The Astros are also heating up offensively. Throw in home field and I have to side with the Astros over the struggling Tigers.