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Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros
Where and when: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, Tuesday, 8:10 pm EST
The scorching Minnesota Twins will play game one of a three-game set versus the suddenly slumping Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, beginning on Tuesday night at 8:10 pm EST.
The Twins continue to hold down the top spot within the AL Central after picking up the sweep versus the Baltimore Orioles as their red-hot offense continues to shine as the lineup is batting .279 on the year. Minnesota is also scoring a tad under six runs per game as they destroyed the Orioles in a game two blowout in scoring a total of 16 runs in the victory. Jorge Polanco is batting an amazing .362 for the Twins this season while Eddie Rosario has belted eight homers in 2019 for a team that has 33 on the year, good for 8th place within the MLB.
The pitching for the Twins has not been overly stellar thus far in the year in allowing just under five runs per game (WHIP 1.33). Jose Berrios, however, has three wins on the year to lead a rotation that has ranked in the middle-of-the-road in ERA (4.47) along with quality starts (8). As a testament to their ability to give up runs, the team was able to average just under nine runs per game versus Baltimore; On the other hand, they allowed the struggling Orioles to average over five runs per outing throughout the three-game set.
Nonetheless, Minnesota has picked up wins in four of their last five games, overall, while also looking to win their second straight series after dropping a series to the Toronto Blue Jays at home most recently.
The Houston Astros recently split a two-game set versus the Oakland Athletics on the road before imploding on defense versus the Texas Rangers in their last series. After picking up a victory in game one allowing just two runs, Houston allowed the Rangers to light up the scoreboard during the rest of the set in scoring a total of 20 runs in the final two games.
Collin McHugh dropped the deciding game three matchup in horrible fashion in allowing nine earned runs in addition to finishing with a 4.78 ERA in an 11-10 loss to where the Rangers held off a late rally by the Astros.
So, after an extended road trip to which they began 4-0, they ended the trip dropping three of their last four games. They will certainly be looking for some home cooking as they return home to where they have won six straight entering this matchup.
Miley looks to build from last performance on the hill
Wade Miley (1-2) will get the start for the Astros in game one, and he has indeed struggled to begin the year. He is coming off a six-inning performance, however, to where he allowed two earned runs on four hits along with a homer in a 2-1 road loss to the Oakland Athletics. This, in fact, was one of his better games of the year. However, for the season, Miley has been up and down on the mound in winning just one of his four starts.
Final: #Astros 10, Rangers 11
— Houston Astros (@astros) April 21, 2019
The left-hander, after coming over from the Los Angeles Dodgers, has picked up a victory at Minute Maid Park while donning the Houston uniform as he pitched 5 ⅔ innings in while permitting only four hits in a 6-0 win over the Athletics on April 6th, 2019. Marwin Gonzales is hitting .467 versus Miley; However, Jason Castro along with CJ Cron are a combined 2-17 versus the left-hander.
Pineda looks to recover after lackluster beginning
Michael Pineda (2-1) possesses an elevated 5.30 ERA on the year and has regressed in seemingly every outing thus far this season. In other words, after allowing only one hit in four outings in a 9-3 win over the Cleveland Indians to where he received the no-decision, the right-hander has allowed two, three, and six runs in his following contest.
In his last outing on the hill, he was destroyed for six earned along with two homers versus the Toronto Blue Jays. The loss not only saw Pineda pitch just 3 ⅔ innings, but, also halted his winning streak at two games. The pitcher has only one quality start this season.
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— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 16, 2019
Nonetheless, he was stellar while pitching for the Yankees in his last meeting with the Astros as the team earned a 13-4 victory to where he pitched six innings while allowing just two runs on seven hits.
Red-hot Jose Altuve is batting .375 on 16 at bats while Carlos Correa is also batting over .500 versus Pineda in his career. George Springer is .353 versus the right-hander on 17 attempts while Josh Reddick has struggled in going .182 on 11 at bats.
- HOU is 13-4 in their last 17 Tue. games.
- HOU is 19-7 in their last 26 home games.
- HOU is 42-17 in their last 59 games on grass.
- MIN is 3-12 in the last 15 meetings.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both these pitchers have struggled this year, as stated. However, I will give the edge to the Astros as they will pick up the victory due to their continued stellar play at the plate while also shoring defensive vulnerabilities that reared its head versus the Rangers. Pineda has had a decent time versus the Astros lineup, as pointed out, however, has struggled out the gate to begin the year. Look for Houston to pick up some critical hits throughout the contest while pulling out a competitive victory over an offensive-minded Twins squad on Tuesday.
Prediction: Pick: Houston Astros
Full-Game Total Pick
With two struggling pitching take the mound versus two, potentially dangerous offenses, one should certainly look for the scoreboard to light up frequently. And while Houston will certainly play much better defensively than illustrated in their final two outings versus Texas, Minnesota has become one of the more dangerous offenses in the league. Houston’s big bats have had experience versus Pineda and will take advantage of his current issues on the mound.
Prediction: Pick: Over