Pitchers to Tame Good Offenses in Tigers-Astros So 'Under' Is Call

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:30 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 23, 2017 1:30 PM UTC

The way Detroit's Jordan Zimmermann has pitched lifetime against Houston combined with the way talented young right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. has pitched in general for the Astros this season means backing the total to go 'under' Tuesday at Minute Maid Park is the pick.

Odds Overview

Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros (FS-Detroit, ROOT-Southwest, DTV 663, 674, 8:10 p.m. ET): RHP Jordan Zimmermann and the Tigers head to the Lone Star State on Tuesday night to face RHP Lance McCullers Jr. and the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston in Game 2 of this 4-game series. Offshore line-originators have made the Astros -195 favorites (BetOnline) with the Total at 8½o -125 (BetOnline) with host Houston -1½ +100 on the Run Line with Detroit +1½ -120 (BetOnline).


Detroit Tigers

Heading into play Monday night, Miguel Cabrera (30/1 to win AL MVP, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) and the Tigers (50/1 to win World Series, GTBets) were about as 50-50 as an MLB team could be with a 21-21 Record, a 5-5 mark over their L10 and a -9 RD (206 RF-215 RA) after having played 42 games. And the 12-10 Home and 9-11 Road marks also reveal a team with an apparent ambivalent mindset as spring prepares to turn into summer for manager Brad Ausmus in a Division (AL Central) in which this club should be thriving with the likes of the Royals (18-25, Twins (22-18) and White Sox (20-22). On Monday in Game 1 of this series, Ausmus had a starting lineup of: 2B Kinsler, C Avila, 1B Cabrera, DH V. Martínez, RF JD Martinez, 3B Castellanos, CF Collins, LF Mahtook, C McCann, SS Machado with Fulmer getting the pill. Backstop Avila’s BA (.380) and OBP (.494) are notable and with this team having Kinsler-Avila-Cabrera-Martínez-Martinez as its 1-2-3-4-5 batters, opposing Pitchers should never be able to relax nor dominate but AL Player of the Week Víctor Martínez and Detroit may suffer from its average Pitching, Speed and Defense in the long run.

Detroit (20/1 to win AL, SuperBook) is 7-2 L9 Tuesdays while the 'Under' is 5-1 L6 Tigers games vs. the AL West and 4-1 L5 Road games. The 'Over' is 29-14-3 L46 Detroit Tuesday games.


Houston Astros

Jose Altuve (18/1 to win AL MVP, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) and the Astros (9/1 to win World Series, BetOnline) have the best Record in MLB (29-15) and maybe the time has finally come for a team both pundits and fans have been expecting to thrive with their talented young Roster. One huge thing they’re getting good at is winning on the Road (15-6). In Game 1 Monday, Manager AJ Hinch and Houston (14-9 Home) had a starting lineup of: CF Springer, RF Reddick, 2B Altuve, SS Correa, DH Beltrán, C Gattis, LF González, 1B Gurriel, 3B Bergman with Peacock starting on the mound.

The Astros (2/1 to win AL, SuperBook) are 4-0 L4 Tuesdays, 14-6 L20 Overall and on Grass but Houston (+10.1 units, #3 MLB) was 0-5 L5 against the AL Central headed into the series opener. The 'Over' was 5-1-1 L7 Home and overall headed into Monday (8½o -120, BookMaker) while the 'Under' is 4-1 L5 Astros’ Games 2’s.


Houston Weather, Series Trends

TWC forecast for Houston and 501 Crawford Street and Houston on Tuesday night is calling for Partly Cloudy Skies with a stray Shower possible , 10-15 mph NNW Winds with a Low of 61°, so potentially wet. Both starters are in a groove with the Astros' McCullers Jr. (4-1, 2.65 ERA) tossing 6 SO Innings in earning his 4th Win last outing vs. Seattle while the Tigers' Zimmermann (4-2, 6.25 ERA) hurled 6 SO Innings in last go and the RHP is 2-0 with an 0.47 ERA in 3 starts vs, Houston, so this is a game where the Starters may end up winning both the Side and Total.

But even though Zimmermann looked good in his last start and the Tigers are 4-1 L5 series meetings, the 23-year-old Tampa-native McCullers (60 Ks, 1.09 WHIP) looked even better in his last start and the Astros are 5-2 L7 in H-town and have the best Record in MLB. This game could start slow, may be affected by precipitation and may be worth a look 'Under' in the First 5 Innings marketplace, but backing the game 'Under' 8½ (+100, WagerWeb) -- look for a 9 to crop up somewhere -- is the Pick.

Predicted Final Score: Astros 3, Tigers 2MLB Free Pick: 'Under' 8.5 (+109)Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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