Getting into the playoffs is great, but how you get in there is often very important. It is usually the teams that enter the postseason on a hot streak that tend to go deep, while those who back into the playoffs exit early. The Houston Astros are in back-up mode right now, but they still have time to get some forward progress going before the playoffs begin. They will hope to get that started when they head home to face the Detroit Tigers on Friday. Don’t forget to check for more sportbook odds for MLB by clicking here.
A Quick Report on the MLB Betting Lines Pick for Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros& Game InfoDate/Time: Friday August 14, 8.10pmVenue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TexasTV: FS-D, Root SportsRadio: 97.1 The TicketOpening Line: Detroit +199, Houston -215The Astros (62-53) trip out west turned into a total nightmare, as they hobbled home with a 2-7 record under their belts. That may well have been enough for them to surrender the division lead were it not for the fact that the LA Angels are having similar problems. There was quite literally zero offense on show for the Astros on that road trip, and they will be hoping that a little home cooking will help them get some power back in their bats again. The fact of the matter is that they cannot continue to count on the Angels playing as poorly as they have been, which means that the winning needs to begin again with this series. Houston is a solid 38-18 at home so far this year, so you have to like their chances of bouncing back on this upcoming 10-game home stand. They will turn the ball over to their ace, Dallas Keuchel (13-6, 2.40 ERA) on Friday night.The season of discontent in Detroit (55-59) continued last week with a couple of incidents that pretty much sum up the direction of the team. GM Dave Dombrowski was shown the door to get things rolling, and that was followed up by a dugout shoving match that looked as though it might turn into a full scale brawl. Through it all, the Tigers continued to play the same .500 ball that has put them in this position in the first place. This looks like a team that has given up, and you have to wonder just how big the blow up will be when the new GM takes control of the team. Alfredo Simon (10-6, 4.74 ERA) is unbeaten in 4 games, compiling a 2-0 record during that run.
Key Betting Trends
- Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Houston is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games
- Houston is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Houston’s last 17 games on the road