Houston Astros vs Detroit Tigers
MLB: 06.05 PM EST
September 10, 2018
The Houston Astros (89-54; 1st in AL West) travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers (59-84; 3rd in AL Central) to begin a series at Comerica Park. The Astros dropped the finale against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night after taking the first two at Fenway Park, while Detroit took two of three from the visiting St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.
STARTING PITCHERS: Houston RHP Justin Verlander (14-9, 2.73 ERA) vs. Detroit LHP Francisco Liriano (4-9, 4.90 ERA)
Longtime Detroit ace Justin Verlander will make his long-awaited homecoming after being dealt to the Astros a little over a year ago. He’s turned in another statistically solid season at age 35, with a sub-1.00 WHIP and sub-3.00 ERA. He’ll likely be greeted warmly by a fanbase at Comerica Park that watched him succeed in many huge moments for the hometown Tigers. On Monday he’ll be opposed by southpaw Francisco Liriano, another transplant in his first full year with a new team. He’s struggled in 2018, but has shown flashes of the stuff that made him a top of the rotation option in years prior in Pittsburgh. The Tigers have won Liriano’s last two starts.
Houston has the decided advantage in starting pitching and offense, but are behind the 8-ball travel-wise, having played late into the night in Boston less than 24 hours ago and taking the redeye to Detroit. The Tigers, fresh off a Sunday afternoon game in their home ballpark, will likely be well-rested and eager to face their old ace Verlander. The right-hander struggled in his only career start against his old team (6 runs allowed in 6 IP), so I’m hoping for more of the same and for the Tigers to at least keep it close on Monday night.
Our Free MLB Pick: Detroit Tigers +2.5