Astros host Tigers, look to build on Verlander's solid performance

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
 
 
Posted8/22/2019 7:00 AM

Detroit Tigers (38-86, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (81-47, first in the AL West)

Houston; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

PITCHING PROBABLES: Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann (1-8, 6.66 ERA) Astros: Gerrit Cole (14-5, 2.87 ERA)

BOTTOM LINE: Houston heads into the matchup fresh off a dominant performance by Justin Verlander. Verlander threw nine innings, giving up two runs on two hits with 11 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Astros are 45-16 on their home turf. Houston has slugged .485, good for third in the American League. George Springer leads the team with a .566 slugging percentage, including 47 extra-base hits and 27 home runs.

The Tigers have gone 21-43 away from home. Detroit's team on-base percentage of .291 is last in the American League. Miguel Cabrera leads the club with an OBP of .337. The Tigers won the last meeting 2-1. Buck Farmer secured his fifth victory and Ronny Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for Detroit. Justin Verlander registered his fifth loss for Houston.

TOP PERFORMERS: Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 156 hits and is batting .334. Jose Altuve is 11-for-42 with three home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Houston.

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Niko Goodrum leads the Tigers with 42 extra base hits and is batting .248. Victor Reyes is 11-for-34 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Detroit.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 4-6, .246 batting average, 4.12 ERA, outscored by three runs

Tigers: 3-7, .241 batting average, 4.45 ERA, outscored by 20 runs

Astros Injuries: Aaron Sanchez: (pectoral), Lance McCullers Jr.: (elbow), Josh James: (shoulder), Gerrit Cole: (hamstring), Aledmys Diaz: (foot), Carlos Correa: (back).

Tigers Injuries: Tyson Ross: (nerve), Matt Moore: (knee), Blaine Hardy: (elbow), Michael Fulmer: (elbow), Christin Stewart: (concussion), JaCoby Jones: (wrist), Niko Goodrum: (groin), Jeimer Candelario: (thumb), Grayson Greiner: (back).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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