The Houston Astros have been on a roll as of late. The Astros have won 7 straight games and are atop the AL West.
Tonight, the Detroit Tigers will look to end the Astros’ winning streak. The Tigers own a record of 18-22 and are fourth in the AL Central and 7.5 games back of first place in their respective division. However, they are only 3.5 games back of the Wild Card, although it is much too early to even be thinking of the Wild Card.
Detroit has lost two straight, both coming from Houston. Overall, they have lost three of their last four games. Houston have won four striaght series’, beginning in LA on May 4th. Since May 4th, the Astros are 10-1.
If the Tigers want to end the Astros’ winning streak, they will need to do it against one of the best pitchers in the MLB – and a familiar face. Justin Verlander will be on the bump for Detroit.
The former Tigers’ ace is 6-1 on the season with a 2.51 ERA, totaling 68 strikeouts. He has also allowed one run or fewer in five of his last six starts.
Detroit will send LHP Gregory Soto to the mound – or to the wolves depending on how you look at it. Soto made his Major League debut last Saturday. He will pitch on three days rest. In his debut, he gave up seven runs but showed a powerful fastball.
The Tigers have produced 139 runs this season, with 0 hitters having over 10 home runs or over 20 RBI.
Meanwhile, the Astros have seven hitters with 20 or more RBI, and four hitters with 10 or more home runs on the season.
George Springer has been the team MVP early in the season, recording 16 home runs and 39 RBI on the season. Adding to his offensive prowess, he is also hitting .329.
Houston’s pitching has been solid as well this year, with only one pitcher having a losing record. Closer Roberto Osuna has 10 saves on the season in 17 games.
After tonight’s game, the Astros will travel to Boston to take on the Red Sox in a three-game series.