The Houston Astros have been playing well as they are third in the AL West with a 72-57 record so far. Southpaw Framber Valdez is taking the mound and is coming off a loss against the Seattle Mariners where he pitched five innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits with a hit by pitch, two walks and five strikeouts.
The Detroit Tigers have been struggling as well as they are third in the AL Central with a 58-69 record. Young right-hander Matt Manning is taking the mound and defeated the Cleveland Guardians were he pitched six innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Fixture: Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers
Date & Time: Friday, August 25, 6:40 p.m. EDT
Venue Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
Astros vs. Tigers Betting Odds
|Houston Astros||-1.5 (-105)||-175||Over 9 (-110)|
|Detroit Tigers||+1.5 (-115)||+145||Under 9 (-110)|
Odds Subject to Change**
Astros vs. Tigers Key Stats
The Houston Astros have been a strong offensive team at the plate this season as they are 10th in the bigs with a .748 team OPS while averaging 4.88 runs per game. They have been dominating in the second half of the year as they have a .269/.348/.456 team slash line while averaging 5.61 runs in 38 games. Third baseman Alex Bregman has been doing a decent job at the dish as he has a .787 OPS with 20 home runs, 83 RBIs, 78 runs scored and three stolen bases without being caught.
Framber Valdez has been doing well this season as he is 9-9 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP while throwing 154.2 innings in 24 games. Hitters have struggled to get on base against him as he has 136 hits given up in 154.2 innings thus far. Valdez faced the Tigers back on April 4 and lost by throwing seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.
The Detroit Tigers have been brutal at the plate as they are the second-worst in the majors with a .681 team OPS while averaging four runs per game. They have been doing well throughout the second half of the season as they are tied for 19th in MLB as they have a .713 team OPS while scoring 4.26 runs in 38 games. First baseman Spencer Torkelson has been hitting decently well as he has a .233/.316/.443 slash line with 23 homers, 68 RBIs, 68 runs scored and three steals without being twice.
Matt Manning has been doing well so far as he is 5-4 with a 4.31 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 64.2 innings of work. He needs to improve his control as he has given up 18 walks to 42 strikeouts. Manning faced Houston on April 4 and won by going 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Astros vs. Tigers Prediction
Framber Valdez is 2-3 with a 6.18 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 43.2 innings while Matt Manning is 2-3 with a 4.79 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 35.2 innings. These teams have done decently well on the mound but it is not enough in the month of August as the Astros are pitching to a 4.62 team ERA while the Tigers have a 4.21 team ERA. Houston had to use too many pitchers last night as well so go with over nine runs in this game.