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Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros
Where and when: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, Wednesday, 8:10 pm EST
The Minnesota Twins will play game two of a three-game set versus the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday night at 8:10 pm EST.
The Twins were able to pick up their fourth straight victory in game one thanks to a four RBI night from Jorge Polanco. Also, CJ Cron had two RBI’s in the matchup for the Twins while Jason Castro also hit a homer in the 9-5 road win. Jake Odorizzi (2-2) pitched 5.2 innings while allowing two earned runs on eight hits for a 4.37 ERA. On the other hand, Brad Peacock (2-1) also pitched five innings in the contest while allowing three earned along with a homer for an Astros squad that finished with 11 hits for the contest.
With the loss, Houston has dropped four of five games. Unfortunately, the defensive struggles experienced during their prior series versus the Rangers reared its ugly head (yet again) as the Astros have allowed at least nine runs to opponents in their last three outings. Despite their current issues on defense, along with inconsistencies from the bullpen, Houston continues to remain a solid defense, albeit one that is certainly going through a rough patch at this point in the year.
Verlander solid for Astros thus far
Justin Verlander (3-0) will look to win his third straight outing on the mound after picking up dominating victories over the Seattle Mariners along with the Texas Rangers. Furthermore, he allowed just two earned runs while recording 19 strikeouts in those two quality performances. And while he has allowed a homer in each of his starts this season, Verlander possesses a decent ERA of 3.00 in five starts in addition to boasting 38 strikeouts in 2019.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 4, 2019
Fortunately for the Astros, Verlander has been solid versus the Twins in his last two meetings in allowing just one earned run while recording 19 strikeouts in the two victories. Both outings were quality starts as he pitched seven innings at Minute Maid Park on September 4th, 2019, allowed one earned on three hits in a 5-2 result.
Nelson Cruz (.267 on 45 AB) has the most experience and success versus Verlander for the Twins. Jonathan Schoop along with Byron Buxton are both batting slightly over .200 versus the right-hander while Eddie Rosario, CJ Cron, along with Jason Castro are all swinging under .200 lifetime.
Pitcher not determined for Twins
No pitcher has been assigned for the Minnesota Twins in game two. However, it can be said that while the Twins have had their fair share of issues on the defensive end this year, their offense (which averages just under six runs per game) has bailed them out, more often than not. In all, the pitching unit is ranked 29th in strikeouts while having just eight quality starts on the season, good for 19th in the league.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 23, 2019
In all, the Twins are allowing five runs per game versus opponents during their current six-game road trip. However, they must continue to bring the focus versus a dangerous Houston Astros team that will certainly be looking to obtain more consistency at the plate as well as on the defensive side of things. Nonetheless, while pitching continues to be a potential issue for Minnesota in the future, one can look for the Twins’ high-scoring offense to carry the water until the unit has achieved some type of consistency while moving forward.
- HOU is 19-7 in their last 26 home games.
- HOU is 42-18 in their last 60 games on grass.
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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Look for Verlander to right the ship in game two of this series versus the Twins on Wednesday. The right-hander has continued to shine in his outings versus the Twins and one should expect similar results in this contest as well. Houston will be in desperate need of a win along with a much better showing on defense, where they have been torched lately. Look for this game to be their turning point after a rough patch of outings.
Prediction: Pick: Houston Astros
Full-Game Total Pick
Look for the under to be the strong play in this contest as Verlander will be the tip of the spear in allowing for Houston to pick up what will be a low-scoring pitcher’s battle throughout. Verlander has had tons of success versus this lineup and will continue his solid streak of play at Minute Maid Park. It is for this reason that one should look for Houston to get just enough runs across the plate early while allowing the right-hander to seal the deal on the hill.
Prediction: Pick: Under