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Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros Pick & Prediction MAY 8TH 2022

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Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdez had moments last season when he pitched like an ace, often doing so when Houston was in dire need of an effective performance from a starter.

On Saturday against the visiting Detroit Tigers, Valdez delivered an effort that could qualify as underappreciated.

With Tigers left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez pitching brilliantly, Valdez weaved his way in and out of trouble. He kept the Astros in contention long enough for them to mount a two-run, eighth-inning rally in a 3-2 victory.

The Astros can sweep this four-game series and their seven-game homestand with a win in the finale for both teams on Sunday.

Valdez allowed nine hits and one walk over six innings yet surrendered only two runs. It was a display of maturation, because in seasons prior, he might not have weathered such a storm.

"Yeah, that's definitely a thing of maturity," Valdez said. "In the past, I would give up one or two hits and I would lose my focus. Now I can give up four or five hits and stay focused and continue working on the game."

Astros manager Dusty Baker added: "What I saw more than anything is he didn't get frustrated. Sometimes young pitchers, when they're giving up hits that are dribbling through there, sometimes they can start feeling sorry for themselves or it's a bad day or bad look. That's where guys mature. It's like, OK, they've gotten some hits. It's time for me to not let them push any across the plate. He kept battling and battling. That's one of the best battles that I've seen him exhibit."

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (2-2, 4.15 ERA) will start the series finale for the Astros on Sunday. His previous outing not only marked his second consecutive quality start, but his 6 2/3 scoreless innings marked his longest appearance with Houston.

Odorizzi allowed four hits and one walk with three strikeouts in a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on May 2, on the heels of allowing one run on one hit and one walk with four strikeouts over six innings in a 5-1 victory at Texas.

Odorizzi is 6-2 with a 3.35 ERA over 14 career starts against the Tigers, including an 0-1 record and 5.40 ERA in two starts against them last season.

The Tigers will seek to avoid their fifth consecutive loss while utilizing an opener in the series finale. Detroit manager A.J. Hinch on Saturday did not name an opener for Sunday, announcing that a decision would be made later.

Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera recorded his 600th career double in the third inning, driving in Javier Baez and Robbie Grossman to pass Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for 19th place on the career RBI list with 1,813.

Cabrera joined Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols as the only players in history with 3,000 hits, 600 doubles and 500 home runs.

"Miggy is making history, and we're following along," Hinch. "Every day we've got to remind ourselves to enjoy it. We're seeing historical things with him. We're enjoying it, but I know he wants to enjoy it in wins."

--Field Level Media

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Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros Recap MAY 8TH 2022

Jake Odorizzi twirled five shutout innings, Aledmys Diaz clubbed a grand slam and the Houston Astros capped a sweep of their seven-game homestand with a 5-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Alex Bregman slugged his fifth home run of the year and Astros right-handed relievers Cristian Javier and Hector Neris completed the one-hit shutout.

Odorizzi (3-2) needed just 34 pitches to complete one trip through the Detroit lineup. When he ran into trouble with one-out walks to Robbie Grossman and Miguel Cabrera in the fourth, Odorizzi recovered with flyouts off the bats of Jeimer Candelario and Jonathan Schoop.

Odorizzi allowed one hit and two walks while posting five strikeouts to continue what has been an exceptional three-start stretch. He has surrendered one run on six hits and four walks with 12 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings during that span.

The Tigers started reliever Wily Peralta as the opener for their bullpen day. He scuffled over his two innings yet kept the Astros off the scoreboard despite walking three batters and surrendering a leadoff single to Diaz in the second. Diaz struck a far bigger blow in his second at-bat, driving a 1-0 fastball from Tigers right-hander Drew Hutchinson (0-3) out to left-center.

Hutchinson surrendered a leadoff single to Jose Altuve before issuing walks to Bregman and Yordan Alvarez with one out. Hutchinson rallied to strike out Kyle Tucker but Diaz followed with his second home run this season and third career grand slam as Houston took a 4-0 lead.

Bregman followed with his solo shot in the fifth inning off Tigers right-hander Joe Jimenez.

Per Elias Sports Bureau, the Astros completed a homestand of at least seven games unbeaten for the first time since May 2003, when they swept the Florida Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates in succession. Houston blanked the Seattle Mariners twice before winning the finale of that three-game series 7-2 on May 4.

The Tigers mustered only six runs while dropping all four games of this weekend series. They finished 1-for-30 with runners in scoring position in the series.

--Field Level Media

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