Detroit Tigers vs Houston Astros Prediction, 4/14/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Houston Astros
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+190) Houston (-303)
Lance McCullers Jr. and the Houston Astros (6-4, 2nd in AL West) play the Detroit Tigers (4-6, 5th in AL Central) at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has the Tigers coming in at +190 and the Astros are at -303. The total opens at 9. The starting pitchers are Michael Fulmer and Lance McCullers Jr.
The Tigers have hit 9 two-baggers as a team and have hit 14 balls out of the park. Detroit is slugging .382 and have been called out on strikes 97 times, while drawing a walk on 31 occasions. As a team, the Detroit Tigers are earning 3.5 runs per contest, which ranks them 25th in the league. They have accumulated 35 runs batted in and 68 base knocks over the course of the season, and their team batting average is sitting at .211. They have racked up 35 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .281.
Tigers pitchers have surrendered 18 home runs and 56 total runs (3rd in MLB). They have walked 41 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 5.38 as a team this season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.02 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.41. The Tigers have an earned run average of 5.52 for the year (29th in the league), and their staff has struck out 83 batters.
The Tigers relievers have recorded a save rate of 50.0% and has come into the game in 9 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 9 base runners for the year and 33.3% of those runners earned a run for their team. Tigers relief pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 7 times and also have had 4 appearances in high leverage situations. The Tigers have sent 31 relief pitchers to the hill this year. The relief pitchers have a total of 5 holds on the year (12th in the league). They have compiled 2 saves so far this season and have blown 2 out of their 4 chances to get a save.
Fulmer (24-33 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.12 while he has faced 2,042 batters in the majors. He has given up 463 hits (8.5 hits per 9 innings) with 140 free passes. His ERA is 4.07 (222 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.229. Fulmer has taken the ball for 490 frames and has tallied 386 punch outs during his pro baseball career.
The Astros hold a team slugging percentage of .494 and they tally 5.80 runs per game (4th in MLB). They have hit 22 two-baggers, while taking a walk 31 times and putting up 58 runs. Houston has accumulated 18 home runs for the year to go along with 54 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 76 occasions (27th in baseball) and have recorded 97 hits. The Houston Astros have accumulated an OBP of .339 and a batting average of .274 so far this season.
The Astros have a WHIP of 1.202 in addition to having a FIP of 4.20 as a unit this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.52 (83 strikeouts against 33 free passes). They come in at 17th in baseball as a staff in total hits surrendered with 74. They have conceded 11 dingers and they concede 3.94 runs per 9 innings (11th in MLB). The Houston pitching staff have conceded 39 runs for the year while holding an ERA of 3.74 (37 earned runs allowed).
With 10 save situations, the Astros have amassed 7 holds in addition to 1 blown save. Houston has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 2 save opportunities and they have walked away with 1 save. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 8 times in high leverage situations and on 9 occasions with runners on base. Houston relievers have an inherited score percentage of 27.8% out of 18 inherited runners. They rank 22nd in MLB holding a save percentage of 50.0%, and they have sent 31 relief pitchers onto the field over the course of the season.
During his pro baseball career, McCullers has allowed 448 base hits while he has totaled 578 strikeouts in 518 innings pitched. McCullers (33-25 career win-loss mark) has earned a 3.66 earned run average while allowing 7.8 hits per 9 innings. He has conceded a total of 211 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.257 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.3. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.83 and he has gone up against 2,179 batters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (-303)
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