Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League matchup at Comerica Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:08 p.m. ET.
Worst team in baseball
Houston is 10-28 on the season and has been outscored by 81 runs through 38 games, as it tries to bounce back from getting swept at home in three games by the Texas Rangers—allowing a total of nine home runs in that series.
The Astros are 1-5 as road underdogs of +200 or higher this season, with the OVER going 4-1-1 in that situation.
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Detroit dropped two of three to the Cleveland Indians at home over the weekend, which has placed the two teams into a tie atop the American League Central standings, as it looks to bounce back from a pair of one-run losses.
The Tigers have won six of their last seven games after suffering two consecutive losses to a division rival as a home favorite, with the UNDER cashing in five of those seven affairs.
Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris (4-3, 3.40 ERA) is coming off a 3-1 home victory over the Los Angeles Angels, as he allowed just a single run and nine hits over eight frames, while issuing a single walk and striking out two batters.
The right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA in three road outings, but he hasn’t surrendered a home run in 13.2 combined frames.
Norris didn’t factor into the decision of a 4-3 home defeat to the Tigers two starts back, as he allowed two runs and five hits in seven strong innings.
Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 1.97 ERA) has dropped back-to-back games, including a 3-1 road loss to the Washington Nationals last time out, as he allowed three runs (two earned) and eight hits over six frames.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in three home efforts, issuing just four walks and striking out 34 batters in 21 innings.
In seven career games versus the Astros, Sanchez has compiled a 3-1 record and 2.08 ERA—not allowing a single round tripper in 43.1 combined frames.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks Monday, as the UNDER is 4-1 in Norris’ last five starts as a road underdog of +200 or higher, while the Tigers may sleepwalk through the series opener after outscoring the Astros 37-8 in earning a four-game sweep in the Lone Star State earlier this season.
I suggest monitoring the injury status of Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson, who sat out Sunday’s affair with a hamstring injury. He’s very important to the Tigers success offensively at the top of the lineup.
MLB Pick: Under 8