On Thursday night, the Detroit Tigers will play host to the Houston Astros in the first of four games. You can now continue our MLB odds series with a prediction for the Astros-Tigers matchup and pick.
With 10 consecutive wins, the Houston Astros are the most popular Majors team with over a million fans.
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The Astros are without Alex Bregman, their star third baseman and former AL MVP winner. Bregman (quadriceps), has started light running but will not be back before the All Star break. He is currently hitting.275 this season with seven homers, and 34 RBIs.
Shortstop Carlos Correa is the top Major League position player in WAR (4.4), just ahead of 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 2B Jose Altuve (4.0), ranks fifth in the Majors, and third in AL. All-Stars were Correa, Altuve and outfielder Michael Brantley. Ryan Pressly was also named. Pressly and Correa are now in the All-Star Game for the second time. This is Altuve’s seventh selection, and Brantley’s fifth. Pressly is tied for first among AL relievers in save percentage. (93.3%), fourth in ERA (0.83) and fifth in WHIP (0.83).
Luis Garcia (6-5), Houston’s bump man, is taking the bat. The Astros lost to the Orioles after Garcia gave up four runs in four innings. Garcia struggled to get off the plate as he walked three men and allowed two hits in his first frame. This was the total of the four runs Garcia surrendered. The 24-year old was able to settle down and allowed only one base hit in the three subsequent innings. He gave up four earned runs, which was his highest total for the year. It also marked the first time that he had walked more than two batters in a game since April 20.
Garcia actually pitched quite well, striking out five and generating a 37% whiff rate. Garcia gave up a walk to Trey Mancini, Orioles slugger, in one at-bat. He had thrown seven strikes and zero balls. The home plate umpire was a complete failure. Garcia was impressive throughout the season, with a 3.14 ERA and 1.12 WHIP as well as a 90:27 K.BB in 80.1 innings.
Garcia won his one-start vs. Oakland this season, allowing two runs more than five.Last Updated on October 2, 2021