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The Astros are One of the Best Road Dog Teams This Season

The Tigers walloped the Astros at home last night in their series opener and will send Justin Verlander to the mound tonight in search of a win vs a Houston team they are currently battling in the Wild Card race. Mike Fiers will toe the rubber for the ‘Stros tonight and will be looking to avenge the beating he took in his last matchup with the Tigers.

SHARK BITES
  • The current Tigers lineup owns a .270 batting average against Mike Fiers.
  • The Tigers and Astros have split the season series 2-2.
  • Houston is 10-5 in its last 15 games on the road.

Fiers has a decent 7-4 record this season despite a pretty bloated 4.69 ERA and can probably trace his success back to the tremendous amount of run support he has received this year. The sixth-year man has struggled on the road this season, putting up a 6.75 ERA in eight appearances but has guided the Astros to six wins in his last seven starts.

Verlander has put together five solid starts in a row and has lowered his ERA to 3.64 for the season. The former fireballer doesn’t light up the radar gun like he used to but has become a very reliable hurler for the Tigers and has limited the current Astros’ lineup to a .188 batting average.

The moneyline seems about right in this one but keep in mind – the Astros have the fifth-best record (22-25) as road underdogs this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the Detroit Tigers as -142 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 8.5 at shops such as Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.4-3.8 win for the Tigers on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Houston Astros vs Detroit Tigers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Detroit Tigers sport a record of 55-48 heading into this matchup, while the Houston Astros sit at 55-47 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Houston injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 24-rated Detroit Tigers and the league No. 3-ranked Houston Astros, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Detroit Tigers No. 9-rated offense, averaging 4.74 runs per game, against a Houston Astros defense that ranks No. 7 at 4.08 in runs allowed per game. The Detroit Tigers have averaged 9.24 hits per game so far, more than Houston Astros batters have averaged on the year (8.38 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Detroit has the No. 21-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the No. 7 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Houston suffered a 14-6 loss against Detroit on Friday, as C McHugh wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Comerica Park.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games
  • Houston is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Houston is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • Detroit is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Detroit's last 18 games
  • Detroit is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Detroit, Sunday, July 31st

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