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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

  • Jordy Mercer

    Quadricep
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Mercer has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right quadriceps strain. He is lining up to rejoin the lineup during the beginning of June.

  • Jordan Zimmermann

    Elbow
    Mid June | 10-day IL

    Zimmermann has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with a UCL sprain in his right elbow and is also dealing with a muscle strain. He is likely to be out of commission until at least the middle of June.

  • Niko Goodrum

    Flu
    Prob Sun | probable

    Goodrum has missed the previous two games due to flu-like symptoms, but is expected to return for Sunday's matchup versus the Athletics.

  • Tyson Ross

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Ross has been designated for the 10-day injured list with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow. He will miss an extended period.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Knee
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Cabrera missed the previous game with soreness in his knee, but is expected to suit up Thursday against the Athletics.

  • Josh Harrison

    Shoulder
    Prob Mon | probable

    Harrison has recovered from a left shoulder contusion and has been activated from the 10-day injured list. He is likely to return Monday against the Astros.

  • Niko Goodrum

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Goodrum sat out the previous game with a bruised right knee, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Twins for game two of the doubleheader on Saturday.

  • Blaine Hardy

    Forearm
    Prob Sat | probable

    Hardy has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a left forearm strain. He is expected to play against the Twins on Saturday.

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Houston Astros

  • Jose Altuve

    Hamstring
    Prob Mon | 10-day IL

    Altuve has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. His recovery is progressing well, and he is projected to rejoin the team for Monday's game against the Cubs.

  • Collin McHugh

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    McHugh has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow discomfort, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • George Springer

    Back
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Springer has been held out of the past three games due to lower-back stiffness, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup against the White Sox on Thursday.

  • Aledmys Diaz

    Hamstring
    Prob Tues | probable

    Diaz missed his third straight game with a Grade 1 left hamstring strain, but he is expected to play Tuesday against the White Sox.

  • Joe Smith

    Achilles
    Mid June | 10-day IL

    Smith is on the 10-day injured list and will and is not expected to return until at least the middle of June.

  • Jake Marisnick

    Elbow
    Prob Wed | probable

    Marisnick missed the previous game with soreness in his left elbow, and it is unclear if he will participate in Wednesday's matchup against the Tigers.

  • Michael Brantley

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Brantley is not expected to suit up against the Rangers on Thursday as he is to be rested.

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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
Victor Reyes 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Miguel Cabrera 46 46 168 13 49 8 0 1 18 60 0 42 0 .292 .357 .362
Brandon Dixon 19 12 51 5 14 3 0 3 11 26 0 21 0 .275 .510 .302
Ronny Rodriguez 28 28 104 15 28 9 3 6 18 61 2 30 1 .269 .587 .304
Nicholas Castellanos 44 44 178 29 45 13 3 4 13 76 1 48 1 .253 .427 .306
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
Victor Alcantara 25 0 64 13 1 23 5 0 13 0 0 1 10 356
Buck Farmer 23 0 60 22 1 19 1 2 9 0 0 0 7 328
Joe Jimenez 21 0 58 30 2 17 4 1 9 0 0 0 9 355
Shane Greene 20 0 60 24 1 10 2 0 3 0 0 1 5 308
Daniel Stumpf 19 0 34 13 0 13 1 0 4 0 0 1 6 218
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Grayson Greiner 31 31 1 18 8 3 0 0
John Hicks 25 23 0 7 6 0 0 2
Buck Farmer 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Christin Stewart 28 27 0 0 0 1 0 0
Gordon Beckham 24 20 0 0 0 2 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
Josh Reddick 43 42 154 22 51 8 0 4 14 71 2 20 1 .331 .461 .384
Michael Brantley 49 47 191 29 62 14 0 10 34 106 3 20 2 .325 .555 .372
George Springer 47 46 182 41 57 9 1 17 42 119 4 45 1 .313 .654 .396
Carlos Correa 46 46 175 25 52 13 1 11 33 100 1 47 0 .297 .571 .360
Jake Marisnick 39 24 88 18 25 6 1 5 11 48 3 30 2 .284 .545 .344
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
Roberto Osuna 21 0 64 19 0 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 277
Ryan Pressly 19 0 63 22 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 268
Hector Rondon 18 0 50 15 1 14 1 0 4 0 0 4 5 247
Will Harris 18 0 50 15 0 12 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 260
Chris Devenski 17 0 56 19 0 23 4 0 11 0 0 7 4 287
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Robinson Chirinos 38 36 2 17 4 3 0 0
Max Stassi 16 14 0 10 2 1 0 1
Aledmys Diaz 28 23 0 0 0 2 0 0
Alex Bregman 48 48 0 0 0 4 0 0
Brad Peacock 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0