Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers Baseball Odds Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on Saturday,May 23, 2015 9:51, EST in

The teams that surge to the top of the division in the early part of the season often find it tough to stay there all the way through. Slumps are common is a season that is as long as the MLB odds is, which means things can very quickly change at the top. Two teams looking to keep pace in their respective divisions are the Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers, and they meet for a 4-game series, with the second game set for Saturday afternoon in the Motor City.

Taking a Quick Look at the Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers Baseball Odds Preview & Game Info

Time: Saturday May 23rd, 4:08 p.m. ET
Venue: Comerica Park, Detroit
National TV: none
Opening line: Tigers -112, Astros +102 (8.5)

The Houston Astros (27-15) have come storming out of the starting gate this season, and already have a 5.5 game lead in the AL West. One of the major reasons they have been able to do so well has been because of their ability to show some genuine power. The Astros lead the league with 62 home runs through the first 42 games of the season. That puts them on pace for 240 home runs on the year, which would be astounding when you realize that they have only ever crossed the 200 HR mark twice in franchise history. It’s a tough pace to maintain, both in home runs and in wins, but this team shows little sign of slowing down. Lance McCullers (0-0, 1.93 ERA) will start for the Astros on Saturday.

It looked for a while as though the Tigers (25-17) had broken out of their offensive slump when they scored 27 runs over a 3-game stretch, but they regressed a little by only managing 4 runs in the 3 games that followed. The rollercoaster continues, though, as they have now won 2 straight games, including an extra inning win over the Astros, scoring 11 runs in the process. The batting slump saw them lose some ground to the Kansas City Royals atop the AL Central, where they are now 2 games out of first. This series will be a good test for the Tigers before they head west to California for 7 games on the road. Kyle Lobstein (3-4, 4.29 ERA) is set to start for the Tigers on Saturday. Lobstein has lost both of his previous starts, giving up a combined 9 runs in the process

Key Baseball Betting Trends

Detroit is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 12-4-1 SU in its last 17 games when playing Houston
Detroit is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Detroit is 10-2-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Houston
Houston is 7-2-1 SU in its last 10 games
Houston is 11-4-1 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Houston is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 4-12-1 SU in its last 17 games when playing Detroit
Houston is 2-10-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Detroit

My Betting Prediction

This has all the makings of a great series, and each game really could go either way. Lobstein is going to have try and pitch out of this funk or the Astros will hammer him hard.