Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros 7/14/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Michael Fulmer vs. Gerrit Cole
The Detroit Tigers visit Minute Maid Park on Saturday, July 14, 2018 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Michael Fulmer for the Tigers and Gerrit Cole for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +245 and Houston at -270. The Tigers have a 37-55-3 over/under record and a 48-47-0 run line mark. The Astros are 48-48-0 against the run line and have a 43-48-5 over/under record.
Valuable Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 37-55-3 against the over/under
The Detroit Tigers are 48-47-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 43-48-5 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 48-48-0 against the run line
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
07/11/18 SS Jose Iglesias Hand is "?" Friday vs Houston Astros
07/02/18 CF Leonys Martin Hamstring 10-day DL (07/02)
07/02/18 P Shane Greene Shoulder 10-day DL (07/02)
06/24/18 P Johnny Barbato Shoulder 10-day DL (06/23)
06/14/18 1B Miguel Cabrera Biceps is out for season
05/31/18 P Ryan Carpenter Oblique 10-day DL (05/31)
04/30/18 P Daniel Norris Groin 60-day DL (04/30)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
07/11/18 P Gerrit Cole Bereavement List is out indefinitely
07/03/18 C Brian McCann Knee 10-day DL (07/01)
06/28/18 SS Carlos Correa Back 10-day DL (06/26)
05/21/18 LF Derek Fisher Intestinal 10-day DL (05/20)
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Tigers have a 40-55 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer has a 3-8 record with an earned run average of 4.11 and a WHIP of 1.27 this season. He has 91 strikeouts over his 107.1 innings pitched and he's given up 100 hits. He's allowed 8.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.03. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.50 and they have given up 332 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .262 against the bullpen and they've struck out 288 hitters and walked 137 batters. As a team, Detroit allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.39. The Tigers pitchers collectively have given up 823 base hits and 410 earned runs. They have allowed 116 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 306 batters and struck out 712. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.46.
As a team Detroit is hitting .247, good for 13th in the league. The Tigers hold a .388 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Jose Iglesias is hitting .272 with an on-base percentage of .311. He has 85 hits this season in 313 at bats with 34 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .380 and an OPS+ of 88. Nick Castellanos is hitting .305 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .358. He has totaled 112 hits and he has driven in 56 men in 367 at bats. His OPS+ is 136 while his slugging percentage is at .523. The Tigers have 805 hits, including 185 doubles and 76 home runs. Detroit has walked 250 times so far this season and they have struck out 766 times as a unit. They have left 648 men on base and have a team OPS of .694. They score 3.99 runs per contest and have scored a total of 379 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 62-34 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.57, Gerrit Cole has a 9-2 record and a 0.97 WHIP. He has 169 strikeouts over the 122.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 78 hits. He's allowing 5.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.98. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.85 and they have given up 217 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 325 batters and walked 68 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.97. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 670 base knocks and 286 earned runs this season. They have given up 86 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 253 hitters and struck out 1,008 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.07 while their FIP as a staff is 3.11.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 3rd in the league. The Astros hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .335, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .333 with an OBP of .398. He has 126 hits this year along with 44 RBI in 378 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .476 with an OPS+ of 148. George Springer is hitting .248 this season and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 91 hits in 367 at bats while driving in 45 runs. He has an OPS+ of 112 and a slugging percentage of .417. The Astros as a unit have 852 base hits, including 177 doubles and 122 homers. Houston has walked 344 times this year and they have struck out on 740 occasions. They have had 652 men left on base and have an OPS of .767. They have scored 5.05 runs per game and totaled 485 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Tigers +245
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