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Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers Preview and Predictions 05-15-2019 in MLB


The Houston Astros take aim at their second straight series sweep and an eighth consecutive win overall when they finish a three-game set at the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Behind another big night for leadoff hitter George Springer, who had an inside-the-park home run and scored three times, the Astros rolled to an 11-4 win Tuesday night after taking the series opener 8-1.

Houston has scored at least six runs eight times during a 10-1 surge and boasts 33 homers in that stretch. Springer is 11-for-17 with three home runs, 10 runs scored and six RBIs during a remarkable four-game hitting streak. Former Tigers great Justin Verlander will make his second appearance in Detroit since being traded to Houston during the 2017 season. The former MVP, who is 98-50 in 188 career starts in Comerica Park, will be opposed by rookie Gregory Soto making his second career start.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston), FS Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Justin Verlander (6-1, 2.51 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Gregory Soto (0-1, 15.75)

Verlander yielded just one hit in seven scoreless innings while fanning eight in a dominant win over Texas on Friday. He has allowed one or zero runs in five of his last six starts. The 36-year-old allowed two runs over seven innings to get the win in his return to Detroit last September.



Soto is being recalled to start just three days after he was sent down to Double-A Erie in the wake of a difficult major league debut. The 24-year-old gave up seven runs and nine hits across four innings of a loss at Minnesota on Saturday, striking out one and walking two. He went 0-1 with a 2.03 ERA in three starts for Erie.

WALK-OFFS

1. Tigers INF Ronny Rodriguez hit his sixth home run Tuesday and has 16 extra-base hits in 21 games overall.

2. Astros LF Michael Brantley has multiple hits in nine of his last 14 games.

3. Houston has won five straight in Detroit.

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Comerica Park
Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Capacity: 45,010

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Last Injuries

Detroit Tigers

  • Christin Stewart

    Concussion
    Early Sept | 7-day IL

    Stewart has been placed on the seven-day injured list due to a concussion. He has begun a rehabilitation assignment and is likely to be activated before the beginning of September.

  • Niko Goodrum

    Groin
    Doub Tues | doubtful

    Goodrum sat out the last game due to a sore groin and is unlikely to be a participant in Tuesday's contest against the Astros.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Boyd has been placed on the paternity list for the birth of his child. He is permitted to miss one to three days.

  • Jeimer Candelario

    Thumb
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Candelario has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left thumb sprain. He is likely to remain of the IL until at least the start of September.

  • Blaine Hardy

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Hardy is expected to spend the remainder of the season on the 60-day injured list with a left flexor tendon strain.

  • Jordan Zimmermann

    Neck
    Prob Sat | probable

    Zimmermann has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list after a right cervical spasm. It is expected that he will return to the starting rotation for Saturday's contest against the Rays.

  • JaCoby Jones

    Wrist
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Jones has a fractured left wrist and is likely to miss the remainder of the season while on the 10-day injured list.

  • Josh Harrison

    Hamstring
    Mid Aug | 10-day IL

    Harrison has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after undergoing surgery to repair a Grade 2 left hamstring strain and a partial tear. He is likely to be activated during the middle of August.

Houston Astros

  • Aaron Sanchez

    Pectoral
    Out indefinitely | out

    Sanches will spend an undetermined length of time rehabbing a sore pectoral muscle.

  • Aledmys Diaz

    Head
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Diaz has landed on the 10-day injured list with dizziness and is likely to be sidelined for an undetermined length of time.

  • Carlos Correa

    Back
    Out indefinitely | out

    Correa is sidelined due to back discomfort and will miss an extended period.

  • Josh James

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    James is on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder soreness, but he is likely to return to the bullpen during the start of September.

  • Jose Altuve

    Rest
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Altuve is not expected to suit up against the Tigers on Monday due to a day of rest.

  • Tyler White

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    White will spend an extended period on the 10-day injured list with a right trapezius strain.

  • Brad Peacock

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | 10-day IL

    Peacock has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder discomfort. He sustained a setback in his recovery and it is unclear if he will be activated for Sunday's contest against the Athletics.

  • Jose Altuve

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Altuve is likely to be out of the starting lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox as he is expected to receive a day of rest.

detroit-tigers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Gregory Soto 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Matthew Boyd 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Nicholas Castellanos 17 17 69 14 24 7 3 6 8 49 2 16 1 .348 .710 .392
Harold Castro 64 58 228 21 65 6 3 4 28 89 3 57 2 .285 .390 .301
Miguel Cabrera 110 107 403 32 113 18 0 9 49 158 0 90 0 .280 .392 .341
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Buck Farmer 57 1 156 58 4 50 5 2 26 0 0 3 18 914
Joe Jimenez 53 0 140 65 4 42 9 1 29 0 0 0 19 856
Daniel Stumpf 43 0 79 25 0 33 4 1 17 0 0 2 13 479
Victor Alcantara 43 0 117 22 1 44 8 0 25 0 0 3 13 629
Blaine Hardy 39 0 133 29 0 38 10 0 24 0 0 1 13 689
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
John Hicks 76 68 0 34 15 0 0 3
Grayson Greiner 43 43 1 27 11 4 0 1
Bobby Wilson 15 15 0 11 1 0 0 0
Jake Rogers 16 16 0 4 4 1 0 5
Brandon Dixon 91 76 0 0 0 7 0 0

houston-astros Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Michael Brantley 118 115 467 76 156 38 2 18 76 252 3 52 2 .334 .540 .393
Yordan Alvarez 55 53 201 35 67 16 0 19 56 140 0 57 0 .333 .697 .424
Yuli Gurriel 117 117 467 70 143 34 2 25 88 256 4 53 3 .306 .548 .344
Jose Altuve 91 89 368 68 111 19 1 23 56 201 5 58 3 .302 .546 .362
George Springer 93 92 376 73 110 17 3 27 68 214 5 86 1 .293 .569 .378
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Will Harris 54 0 144 46 0 38 5 0 13 0 0 0 12 773
Roberto Osuna 52 0 154 54 2 37 6 0 17 0 0 1 8 770
Ryan Pressly 51 0 151 65 0 36 6 0 15 0 0 2 11 780
Chris Devenski 49 1 168 63 3 56 10 0 32 0 0 13 18 933
Hector Rondon 49 1 145 38 2 47 6 0 20 0 0 4 17 783
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Robinson Chirinos 94 87 2 41 10 5 0 4
Max Stassi 31 26 1 17 3 2 0 2
Garrett Stubbs 9 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
AJ Reed 14 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
Aledmys Diaz 45 35 0 0 0 3 0 0