The Detroit Tigers take on the Houston Astros today in Houston in the rubber match of their three game series. Houston took game one on a walk off homerun in the bottom of the 11th inning while Detroit won the 2nd game when they scored 3 runs in the top of the of the 9th inning for a 4-3 win. The Tigers have got the best of the Astros recently as they’ve now won 15 of the last 20 meetings.
Tigers vs Padres – Head to Head Trends
Tigers have won 15 of the last 20 meetings.
Tigers are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Houston.
The Detroit Tigers are 1st in AL Central 4.5 games up on the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers started out the season on fire winning 27 of their first 39 games but then went into a bit of a slump in late May and early June losing 20 of 29 games. It looks like the Tigers have straightened the ship again as they have now won 8 of their last 9 games and are looking like they did over the first month and a half of the season. The Tigers are 25-14 on the road this season where they average 4.85 runs per game on offense and are allowing just 3.85 runs per game. Starting for the Tigers is lefty Drew Smyly who is 4-6 with a 3.19 ERA on the season. Smyly has been incredible in June allowing just 4 earned runs in his four starts this month.
Detroit Tigers Trends
Tigers have won 8 of their last 9 games.
Tigers are 4-10 in Smylys last 14 starts.
The Houston Astros are last in the American League West and are now a full 16 games back of the Oakland Athletics. The Astros are 12 games under .500 this season overall but they play slightly better at home in Minute Maid Park where they have a 19-23 record. The Astros main problem this season has been their offense or lack there of. The Astros are hitting just .232 as a team and average 3.73 runs per game which is the 2nd lowest run total in the American League. The Astros also lead the AL in strikeouts with 8.8 K’s per game. On the hill for the Astros today is Scott Feldman who is 3-5 with a 4.00 ERA in his 13 starts this season.
Houston Astros Trends
Astros are 0-4 in Feldmans last 4 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Astros are 19-60 in their last 79 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
Astros are 15-39 in their last 54 games vs. a left-handed starter.
I like the Tigers to take game 3 here today. The Tigers are a 1st place team and are playing some good ball right now winning 8 of their last 9 games while the Astros are a last place team who are in a bit of a slide losing 9 of their last 12 games.