Tigers vs. Astros Prediction
The MLB-worst Detroit Tigers will be huge underdogs tonight against the host Houston Astros for a second day in a row. Will Houston roll by multiple runs to win on the runline bet?
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Minute Maid Park at 8:10PM ET
TV: ATT SportsNet-SW
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are a -260 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Tigers are a +240 underdog, while the total is set at 9.5 runs. As of Tuesday afternoon, 77 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Tigers unable to rally back
Detroit gave up four runs in the bottom of the first after initially taking a 1-0 lead Monday night at Houston and was unable to come back all the way in a 5-4 defeat. Travis Demeritte led the Tigers offense as he finished 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Ronny Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a solo homer. Brandon Dixon ended the game 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Edwin Jackson took the loss as he allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits over five innings, striking out six and walking four. Spencer Turnbull will start today for Detroit as he enters with a 3-11 record, 3.75 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 106 strikeouts over 112 2/3 innings of work.
Four-run first lifts Astros
Houston had a big first inning Monday night at home versus Detroit and ultimately held on for a 5-4 win. Yuli Gurriel helped pace the Astros offense as he finished 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Yordan Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Jose Altuve was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored off the bench as he replaced shortstop Carlos Correa, who left the game after the first inning with a back ailment. Wade Miley picked up the win as he allowed three earned runs on 10 hits with eight strikeouts and no walks over 5 2/3 innings pitched. Roberto Osuna notched the save as he allowed one hit with two strikeouts and no walks in a scoreless inning of work. Aaron Sanchez takes the mound tonight for Houston as he comes in with a 5-14 record, 5.79 ERA and 1.60 WHIP with 114 strikeouts over 129 innings pitched.
MLB Betting Trends
The Tigers are 17-35 in their last 52 Tuesday games. Detroit is 3-13 in the last 16 Turnbull starts.
The Astros are 44-15 in their last 59 home games. Houston is 2-5 in its last seven games overall.
Detroit has played competitive baseball in a three-game series at Tampa Bay and last night's opener at Houston, but only has one win to show for it. It's almost as if the Tigers are due to be trounced. While the Astros haven't played that well lately and Correa might be out tonight, I don't think it matters. Sanchez has been solid in two of his three Astros starts and I like him to bounce back tonight. Go with the Astros on the runline and don't overthink it.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: DETROIT TIGERS RL -140