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Keuchel Takes His Undefeated Record to the Motor City

The Houston Astros are sitting comfortable as the best team in the American League and own a 17-game lead over second-place Seattle in the AL West pennant race. The ’Stros will look to keep the momentum going against the reeling Detroit Tigers today. Sportsbooks opened the Tigers as +163 home underdogs with a total of 9.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Astros are 4-14 SU in their last 18 games on the road against the Tigers.
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Astros’ last four games on the road against the Tigers.
  • The Tigers are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games after losing as a favorite.

Dallas Keuchel and Jordan Zimmermann will get the nod for the Astros and Tigers, respectively. Keuchel (9-0, 1.67 ERA) has pitched at least six innings and allowed two or fewer runs in all but one of his 11 starts this season. The 29-year-old is 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA in six games vs Detroit.

Zimmermann (6-8, 5.81) has fared much better at home than he has on the road, as the hurler is 1-5 with a 6.67 ERA in 11 road starts this year. Zimmermann, who’s dropped his last two home starts, owns a 2-3 lifetime record with a 2.95 ERA in six career outings vs the Astros.

OVER bettors are profiting in a big way when the Astros hit the road of late. In Houston’s last seven away from home, the OVER is 6-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Houston Astros were listed as -161 favorites on the MLB baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including Bet365. The total was set at 9.5 before betting started earlier on Friday over at Bovada.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 7.2-4.2 win for the Tigers on Friday. 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

45-55 Detroit battles the Astros, currently with a 67-34 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Houston injuries news.

This game puts the Detroit Tigers, most recently No. 21 in OddsShark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Houston Astros, who rate a No. 1 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Detroit has baseball's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 8.88 hits per game. The Houston Astros average 10.22 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the list.

Houston brings the No. 5-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Tigers's No. 26-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Aaron Nola shut down the Astros in their last game, striking out 10 in a 9-0 shutout over Houston in baseball action at Citizens Bank Park.

Detroit got the wrong end of the stick in their last game on Wednesday, suffering a 16-2 humiliation against Kansas City.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
  • Houston is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games on the road
  • Houston is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games on the road
  • Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Detroit's last 12 games
  • Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Detroit, Saturday, July 29