Astros host Tigers, look to build on Verlander’s solid performance
Houston; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
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.
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
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).