Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros 7/15/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Francisco Liriano vs. Justin Verlander
The Detroit Tigers visit Minute Maid Park on Sunday, July 15, 2018 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Francisco Liriano for the Tigers and Justin Verlander for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +307 and Houston at -352. The Tigers have a 37-56-3 over/under record and a 48-48-0 run line mark. The Astros are 49-48-0 against the run line and have a 43-49-5 over/under record.
Valuable Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 37-56-3 against the over/under
The Detroit Tigers are 48-48-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 43-49-5 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 49-48-0 against the run line
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
07/13/18 SS Jose Iglesias Hand is "?" Saturday vs Houston Astros
07/02/18 CF Leonys Martin Hamstring 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 40-56 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has a 3-5 record with an earned run average of 4.74 and a WHIP of 1.41 this season. He has 60 strikeouts over his 76 innings pitched and he's given up 65 hits. He's allowed 7.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.35. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.47 and they have given up 334 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .262 against the bullpen and they've struck out 290 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 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.38. The Tigers pitchers collectively have given up 834 base hits and 413 earned runs. They have allowed 117 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 306 batters and struck out 716. They have walked 3.2 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 .387 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 13th 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 87. Nick Castellanos is hitting .306 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .362. He has totaled 113 hits and he has driven in 56 men in 369 at bats. His OPS+ is 137 while his slugging percentage is at .523. The Tigers have 812 hits, including 186 doubles and 76 home runs. Detroit has walked 253 times so far this season and they have struck out 774 times as a unit. They have left 657 men on base and have a team OPS of .692. They score 3.95 runs per contest and have scored a total of 379 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 63-34 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.05, Justin Verlander has a 9-4 record and a 0.83 WHIP. He has 160 strikeouts over the 131.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 85 hits. He's allowing 5.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.82 and they have given up 218 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .215 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 329 batters and walked 70 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.94. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 677 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 256 hitters and struck out 1,016 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.07 while their FIP as a staff is 3.11.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 3rd in the league. The Astros hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .335, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .335 with an OBP of .399. He has 128 hits this year along with 44 RBI in 382 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 92 hits in 371 at bats while driving in 45 runs. He has an OPS+ of 111 and a slugging percentage of .415. The Astros as a unit have 864 base hits, including 179 doubles and 123 homers. Houston has walked 344 times this year and they have struck out on 744 occasions. They have had 659 men left on base and have an OPS of .768. They have scored 5.03 runs per game and totaled 488 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Tigers +307
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