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Detroit Tigers: Three Things to Know for the Houston Series

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Apr 12, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Justin Upton (8) receives congratulations from first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) after he hits a home run in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Justin Upton (8) receives congratulations from first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) after he hits a home run in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 9, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey (37) pitches in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Can Mike Pelfrey Pitch Like He Did in Spring Training?

The Detroit Tigers experienced some solid pitching performances so far this season. Jordan Zimmermann has been a stellar addition to the team, while Anibal Sanchez has won both of his starts. Justin Verlander has had his moments as well, taking a no-hitter deep into the game against the Marlins on Opening Day. Additionally, the most encouraging start of all was likely that of Shane Greene. The 27-year-old looked sharp against the Pirates after a less-than-outstanding first inning.

One pitcher who has struggled is Mike Pelfrey. The longtime Met was shellacked by the Yankees offense last week to the tune of eight hits, six runs (all earned), a walk and a home run.

It won’t get any easier against a Houston offense that is spearheaded by standouts like Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer and Carlos Gomez.

However, if Pelfrey can keep the ball down, he’ll always have a chance.

One of his issues against the Yankees is that he was anything but sharp. As evidenced by his Spring Training numbers, Pelfrey can be effective when he’s on his game. He’ll have a chance to do that against the Houston Astros.

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