Houston Astros (31-15) vs. Detroit Tigers (21-23), May 24, 2017
RHP Charlie Morton (5-2, 4.26 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) vs. LHP Daniel Norris (2-3, 4.81 ERA, 1.72 WHIP)
Just like that the Astros are back on a winning streak. All be it, I don’t think a start by Brad Peacock would have been the genesis of that streak. But who is complaining?
It’s now Charlie Morton’s job to continue the streak.
Morton has been a mirror image of each of his good and bad sides in his last four starts. In his first two starts of May, he allowed just two earned runs over 11 2/3 innings. In his most recent two starts in May, he has allowed eight runs over 11 innings.
Morton has had a little trouble with the long ball in his last two starts, allowing four in total. But Morton is at home, where he's been most successful with the Astros. He is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts.
Morton only has one career start against the Tigers in 171 games, he allowed four earned runs over six innings in 2012. Justin Upton is the only batter with more than three at-bats against Morton, he is 2-for-10 with one RBI and no extra-base hits.
Daniel Norris, a 24-year-old, starts for the Tigers. Norris is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in fours starts in May. Norris is making his first career start against the Astros. Carlos Beltran has three career at-bats against Norris, he is 1-for-3 with a double.