Another game and another gut-wrenching loss for the Astros, the Astros turn to Lucas Harrell to stop the bleeding tonight. Harrell has been the de facto ace the Astros, wining his last three stats. In those three starts, Harrell has given up four runs over nineteen innings. The most important part of that fact, Harrell has lasted at 5 2/3 innings in each start over that stretch. A rest for the bullpen is sorely needed. Facing Harrell is Max Scherzer, has hit a rough in his previous two starts. Scherzer has given up eight runs in those starts to AL Central opponents, Minnesota and Kansas City, but he picked up the win in each game. It shows two things, Scherzer is prone to blow up from time to time and his offence is stellar behind him. Scherzer is one of the main reason the Tigers have one the best staffs in baseball; it's going be another rough day for the Kstros.
Rick Ankiel and Carlos Peña are a collective 0-10 with Scherzer, while Ronny Cedeno is batting .750 with two RBIs. During Harrell's past life as a White Sox, he made one start against the Tigers in 2010 - giving up three runs over five innings. The Majority of the Tigers order has hit well against Harrell, with the exception of Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson. Cabrera is hitless and Jackson is batting .167.
It is another beautiful day in Houston and the roof will be open. Let's play ball.