With roughly one quarter of the MLB season now in the books, it’s time to start taking a serious look at where each team is, as well as what they need to do to stay competitive. There are some teams that can already be written off as a lost cause, but there are plenty more who are sitting in the middle of the pack. It is those teams who have an opportunity to get better and perhaps challenge for a division crown and a playoff spot. One team that fits perfectly into that category are the Detroit Tigers.
They are playing .500 ball through their first 42 games of the season, and are just a couple of games off the lead in the AL Central. They have benefited from a slow start by the Cleveland Indians, the overwhelming favorites to win the division, but need to keep picking up wins if they want to keep it close. They have a tough start to the week, with a trip to Houston to face the Astros, who are off to a great start this season.
In Depth Analysis On The Detroit Tigers At Houston Astros MLB Betting Picks & TV Info
When: Tuesday, May 23 at 8:10 PM EST
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston
Starting Pitchers: Jordan Zimmermann Vs Lance McCullers Jr.
TV: FS-D, ROOTSW
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket, La Nueva 94.1 FM, KBME 790
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: Houston Astros -1½ (+150)
Why bet on the Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers (21-21) are doing a good job of hanging around in the competitive Central division, but they need to do more if they are going to be a legitimate threat. That all starts with improving their record on the road, where they are currently just 9-11. This is a team that hasn’t really been able to gather any momentum this season, as they seem to lose a series right after they win one. The perfect example of that can be seen in their last two series. They got things started with a big series win over the Baltimore Orioles, only to drop the next one to the Texas Rangers. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 6.25 ERA) will be on the mound on Tuesday for the Tigers.
Why bet on the Houston Astros
The Houston Astros (29-15) were starting to look unbeatable until they ran into the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. They ended up getting swept in 3 games in that series, although you have to say that it’s the first real miss-step that the Astros have delivered through the opening couple of months. They still have a very healthy 5.5-game lead atop the AL West, and despite that sweep, are still 14-9 in their own ball park. Where the Astros have struggled this season is versus teams from the Central, having gone just 2-7 against that group. Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1, 2.65 ERA) has been good to start the year, and will get the ball for the Astros in this one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think the weekend sweep that the Astros endured was nothing more than a minor blip on the radar, and I think they will bounce back nicely in this series.