Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros Betting Preview

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The Houston Astros will try to avoid losing their fourth in a row as they play host to the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park. The game gets underway 8:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports North is in line to showcase this AL matchup.

Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros Odds

Houston (-135) is favored over Minnesota (+125) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 9 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over). The game’s current runline odds sit at -170 for taking the Twins +1.5 runs and +150 for the Astros -1.5.

The Twins have gone 13-7 SU this year and are 9-10 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 5.0 units for moneyline bettors over the early part of the year, despite having lost 1.1 units ATS. The Astros, on the other hand, are 13-9 SU and 9-12 ATS. They’ve lost 0.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.6 units ATS.

Houston games have an 8-13 over/under record so far in 2019. Twins games have gone over 11 times, gone under eight times and pushed on zero occasions.

Michael Pineda will get the start for Minnesota. The right-handed Pineda (2-1, 5.30 ERA) has racked up 16 strikeouts in 18.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Astros this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Astros are putting the ball in the left hand of Wade Miley (1-2, 3.32 ERA), who’s got 11 strikeouts and four walks as well as a 1.20 WHIP. Miley did not register a start against the Twins in 2018.

Houston’s pitching staff has yielded 4.0 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. The club’s starting pitching staff has a 4.21 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.00, a WHIP of 1.00 and a K/9 of 10.1.

Houston’s offense is putting up 4.7 runs per contest, including 6.0 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .271/.348/.531 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

The Astros’ hitters have been led by Michael Brantley, who is hitting .310/.366/.512 with four home runs, 15 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starters own a 4.36 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 8.13 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.71, along with a WHIP of 1.20.

The Twins offense has slashed .277/.347/.512 on its way to 5.8 runs scored per game in 2019, including 6.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Jorge Polanco has sparked Minnesota’s offense so far and is slashing .392/.452/.716 with 29 hits, nine RBIs and 14 runs scored.

The Twins just took the previous game in this series by a final score of nine runs to five.

Twins vs. Astros MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Twins, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Houston’s last seven games.
  • The Twins have hit 21 home runs in their last 10 games, including 15 over their last five.
  • The Twins have an OPS of .858 this season, including an OPS of .861 against left-handed pitchers. The Astros’ OPS stands at .842 overall and .942 against southpaws.
  • Houston has recorded 26.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 24.6 over its last five.
  • The Astros have dropped four of their last five games SU.