Detroit Tigers (55-59) at Houston Astros (62-53) — 8:10 PM ET
Minute Maid Park — Houston, TX
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 91 degrees, clear
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When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers were still just two games behind the Kansas City Royals when the Houston Astros came to Comerica Park in late May, and Detroit took the first two games of the series. Houston, however, took the next two, including a 10-8 victory in which the Tigers blew a, 7-3, lead.
Since that series, only the Boston Red Sox have a worse record in the America League than the Tigers, who are 29-39 since May 26. Surprisingly, the Astros are just 33-36 since leaving Detroit at the end of May.
Right-hander Alfredo Simon will take the bump for the Tigers on Friday. He has a good record at 10-6, but his ERA has skyrocketed to 4.74 since his strong April. In his last start against Boston, Simon allowed six runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings but received a no-decision.
In his only start versus the Astros this season, Simon allowed just two unearned runs on four hits over seven innings in a, 6-2, victory.
Unfortunately for Detroit, the Astros are sending ace Dallas Keuchel to the mound Friday. He is 13-6 with a 2.40 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 143 strikeouts in 164 2/3 innings. Keuchel did not face the Tigers back in the four-game series at Detroit.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
Miguel Cabrera has been activated off the disabled list and will start at first base while batting third. He hasn’t played since July 3 due to a Grade 3 calf strain.