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Game Preview No. 12: Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers

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Houston Astros (4-6) vs. Detriot Tigers (6-3), Apr 16, 2016, 6:10 PM CDT

TV: ROOT SPORTS Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Tigers SB Nation Blog: Bless You Boys

Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (1-1, 6.14 ERA, 1.91 WHIP) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (0-1, 8.71 ERA, 1.65 WHIP

Preview

The Houston Astros problems are solved, right? Dallas Keuchel looks like Dallas Keuchel at home and the Astros picked up a win on Friday. Everything probably isn't solved yet. The offense still looked rusty and Keuchel can't pitch every game. Friday only proves the value of an ace. The Astros have a starter that can stop the bleeding when called upon.

It's now Collin McHugh job to build upon that Friday success for another Astros win. McHugh hopes to also build on his second start of the season and not his first. McHugh gave five earned runs over 1/3 of an inning in his first start and pitching seven scoreless in his second.

Collin McHugh is 0-1 with 2.57 ERA in two career start against the Tigers. He has struck out nine over 14 innings. Current Tigers are batting .255 (13x51) with .293 BABIP, .293 FIP, 3.508 K%, and 5.00 BB%.

DETROIT TIGERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLLIN MCHUGH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Miguel Cabrera 5 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.400 0.500 0.600 1.100
Anthony Gose 6 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.333 0.429 0.500 0.929
Jose Iglesias 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
J.D. Martinez 4 2 0 0 1 3 1 1 0.500 0.667 1.250 1.917
Nick Castellanos 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Tyler Collins 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Ian Kinsler 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.143 0.143 0.143 0.286
James McCann 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Justin Upton 5 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0.200 0.167 0.800 0.967
Victor Martinez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Bobby Wilson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

The mystery of Justin Verlander continues. Verlander is being paid $28 million this season as part of 6-year, $162 million dollar contract that runs till 2020. He is paid like an ace but he is pitching like a No.4 or No. 5 starter the past few season. Verlander's pitches are flat and he hasn't figured out the issue. But at this point, it may beyond fixing. He has allowed 10 runs over 10 1/3 innings this season. Verlander has been great in his career at Minute Maid Park. Verlander is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts.

Current Astros are batting .140 (13x93) against Verlander with a .194 BABIP, 2.779 FIP, 28.30 K%, and 11.00 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. JUSTIN VERLANDER
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 6 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.667 1.167
Luis Valbuena 21 3 0 0 1 5 5 6 0.143 0.308 0.286 0.593
Colby Rasmus 11 2 1 0 0 0 2 3 0.182 0.308 0.273 0.580
Carlos Correa 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Carlos Gomez 14 1 1 0 0 2 0 5 0.071 0.133 0.143 0.276
Erik Kratz 3 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0.333 0.500 0.333 0.833
George Springer 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Jason Castro 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.000 0.125 0.000 0.125
Evan Gattis 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Marwin Gonzalez 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jon Singleton 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Preston Tucker 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000