Detroit Tigers vs Houston Astros Prediction, 5/7/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Houston Astros
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+155) Houston (-180)
The Houston Astros (15-11) will take on the Detroit Tigers (8-16) at Minute Maid Park on Saturday. The moneyline on this contest has Detroit at +155 while Houston is priced at -180. The over/under comes in at 7. The expected starting pitchers are Eduardo Rodriguez and Framber Valdez.
The Tigers have compiled 31 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 10 baseballs out of the stadium. Detroit is slugging .316 and have struck out 208 times, while taking a walk on 74 occasions. As a team, the Detroit Tigers are putting up 3.1 runs per game, which ranks them 28th in MLB. They have earned 70 runs batted in and 170 hits on the year, while their average at the plate sits at .226. They have earned 72 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .301.
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Tigers pitchers have yielded 19 home runs and also 96 total runs (10th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 62 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 3.68 as a team this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.60 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.18. The Tigers hold a team ERA of 3.49 on the campaign (11th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 161 hitters.
Tigers bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with players on base 15 times in addition to having 27 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have racked up 12 holds over the course of the season (18th in the league). The Tigers bullpen have a save percentage of 71.4% and has stepped onto the mound in 19 save situations. They have compiled 5 saves so far this season and have blown 2 out of their 7 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 24 base runners on the season and 33.3% of those players ended up scoring. The Tigers have dispatched 83 relief pitchers to the mound this season.
The Detroit Tigers have a tally of 628 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 195 assists and 15 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .982 which puts them in 24th in MLB, and they have turned 12 double plays. The Tigers have converted 71.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 1,884 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 8th in professional baseball.
Rodriguez has taken the mound for 882 frames and has earned 915 K's so far in his career. Rodriguez (64-41 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 3.83 while he has faced 3,760 hitters during his time in the majors. His ERA is 4.19 (411 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.313. He has surrendered 856 base knocks (8.7 hits per 9 innings) and has had 302 free passes.
The Astros hold a slugging % of .378 and they average 3.84 runs per game (20th in baseball). They have recorded 41 two-baggers, while getting a free base 86 times as well as scoring 96 runs. Houston has tallied 29 home runs so far this year as well as 94 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 202 occasions (21st in the league) and have a total of 181 base hits. The Houston Astros have an on-base percentage of .294 and a team batting average of .219 so far this season.
The Houston pitching staff have allowed 88 runs this season while holding a team ERA of 3.23 (79 earned runs yielded). They have relinquished 22 dingers and they give up 3.60 runs per 9 innings (7th in MLB). The Astros have a team WHIP of 1.136 with a FIP of 3.83 as a pitching staff this year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.71 (195 strikeouts vs 72 free passes). They have a ranking of 9th in the league as a staff in total hits allowed with 178.
Houston bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 32.3% of 31 inherited base runners. Their relievers have come in 29 times in high leverage situations and also on 21 occasions with base runners. Sitting with 24 save situations, the Astros have recorded 16 holds in addition to 2 blown saves. They are currently ranked 11th in MLB with a save percentage of 75.0%, and they have dispatched 86 bullpen pitchers to the hill so far this season. Houston has had relief pitchers take the mound in 8 save chances and they have come away with 6 saves.
The Houston Astros have gotten 24 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .991 (3rd in pro baseball). The Astros have racked up 213 assists, 8 errors and are sitting with 688 putouts on the season. In their 2,064 innings on the field, the Astros hold a defensive efficiency of 73.0% (3rd in baseball).
So far in his career, Valdez has surrendered 287 base knocks while tallying 322 K's in 339 frames. Valdez (25-19 win-loss record in his career) has a 3.71 earned run average while allowing 7.6 hits per nine innings. He has given up 140 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.306 and having a FIP of 4.1. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.06 and he has gone up against 1,454 opposing hitters during his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (-180)
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