Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 12, 2024

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May 12, 2024 6:16 AM
The Houston Astros travel to Comerica Park on Sunday, May 12, 2024, to face the Detroit Tigers in a crucial matchup. The Tigers, with a 20-19 overall record and 9-10 home record, aim to take the series lead, while the Astros, holding a 14-25 overall record and 7-13 road record, look to even the score. First pitch is set for 1:40 PM.
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Astros vs Tigers starting pitchers

In the upcoming face-off between the Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers, Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Astros while Jack Flaherty holds court for the Tigers. Verlander, despite a seasoned track record, shows a slightly elevated ERA at 4.43 over 22 and 1/3 innings this season, with a WHIP of 1.39, reflecting some struggles in maintaining his usual dominance. His counterpart, Jack Flaherty, presents stronger numbers with a 3.86 ERA across 42 innings and a WHIP of 1.05, indicating tighter control and effectiveness. This pitching duel highlights Verlander's efforts to regain his top form against Flaherty's quest to leverage his current momentum, making for a compelling match-up.

Astros vs Tigers game preview

The Houston Astros arrive at their next game boasting a solid batting lineup, spearheaded by Jeremy Pena, who leads with a stellar batting average of .345. They rank impressively in multiple hitting metrics, sitting 5th in total hits and 7th in home runs, highlighting their dangerous capability to connect with the ball. Despite a middling rank in runs scored at 14th and stolen bases at 14th, their ability to drive in runs is notably effective. Anchoring their pitching for this contest, Justin Verlander stands as a formidable force on the mound. With a ranking of 3rd in batting average against, the Astros show a potent combination of skilled hitting and strong defensive pitching, making them a comprehensive threat. Their main vulnerability appears in drawing walks, where they rank 20th, suggesting a potential area for the Tigers to exploit.

On the other side, the Detroit Tigers have presented a mixed bag this season, with some room for improvement as they face off against the Astros. They are positioned 22nd in both runs scored and home runs, which could limit their offensive impact against a strong Astros pitching lineup led by Verlander. Despite this, Kerry Carpenter offers a beacon of hope with his team-leading .275 batting average, although the team's overall hitting has struggled, demonstrated by their 23rd-ranked batting average. Pitching for the Tigers will be Jack Flaherty, who faces the challenge of containing an Astros lineup that has proven its ability to generate hits and score runs. Given their stats, the Tigers will need to leverage their slightly better performance in drawing walks, where they hold the 18th position, to create scoring opportunities. Adapting to the high-pressure gameplay against the Astros’ aggressive batters will be pivotal in any strategy they hope to successfully implement.

Detroit Tigers injuries

  • Justyn-Henry Malloy (3B): Day-To-Day
  • Luis Santana (3B): Day-To-Day
  • Blair Calvo (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Daniel Cabrera (RF): Out
  • Eddys Leonard (SS): Day-To-Day

Houston Astros injuries

  • Ryan Pressly (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Miguel Palma (C): Day-To-Day
  • Forrest Whitley (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Zach Dezenzo (3B): Day-To-Day
  • Jairo Solis (SP): Day-To-Day

Astros vs Tigers predictions

The Astros are rolling into Comerica Park, looking to take down the Tigers and even up the series. And I've got my eyes on a few guys who are gonna make it happen. Jose Altuve is due for a monster game - I'm talking 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs. And don't even get me started on Yordan Alvarez, who's been crushing it all season. I've got him going yard twice and driving in three. And with Justin Verlander on the mound, the Astros' bats are gonna have all the confidence in the world.

On the other side, the Tigers are looking to even up the series themselves. And I think they've got the talent to do it. Javier Baez is a game-changer when he's on, and I think he's due for a big game - 2 for 4 with a homer and a stolen base. Mark Canha's been raking lately, and I've got him going 2 for 3 with an RBI. And with Jack Flaherty on the mound, the Tigers' bats are gonna have to come out swinging.

So, who's gonna come out on top? I've got the Astros taking this one, 6-4. Verlander's gonna deal, and the Astros' bats are gonna be too much for Flaherty and the Tigers' bullpen. It's gonna be a close one, but in the end, the Astros' superior firepower is gonna be the difference-maker. Give me Houston, and give me the over.

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