Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Free Preview

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The Minnesota Twins will play host to the Houston Astros at Target Field. Fox Sports North will broadcast this AL showdown and the game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Odds

Minnesota (+145) is the underdog to Houston (-155) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this afternoons game at 8 runs. The odds for betting on the games total sit at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds standing at -110 for the Astros -1.5 runs and -110 for the Twins +1.5 runs.

The Astros have gone 9-3 SU this year and are 7-4 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 4.5 units for moneyline bettors this year and 2.1 units ATS. The Twins are 5-4 SU and 6-2 ATS. They’ve lost 0.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 4.2 units ATS.

Twins games have had an over/under record of 3-5 so far in 2018. Houston has an over/under record of 3-8.

The Twins are looking for another win after a 4-1 win in the prior game of this series.

Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1, 3.48 ERA) will get the nod for the visiting Stros. The right-handed McCullers Jr. recorded 132 strikeouts across 118 innings last year (with only 40 walks) while finishing the season 7-4 overall with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

The Twins are rolling with righty Kyle Gibson (1-0, 0.87 ERA) as their starter. Gibson started 29 games last year while finishing the season 12-10 overall with a 5.07 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

As a unit, Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 3.2 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 2.74, a WHIP of 1.24 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.6. The bullpen has a 3.69 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.

Minnesota’s hitters have put up 4.2 runs per outing, including 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .241/.323/.392 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Brian Dozier has helped lead the Twins offense this season with 11 hits, four RBIs and nine runs scored. .

For the visitors, Houston’s pitchers have allowed 2.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 1.93 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 11.31 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 2.19, along with a WHIP of 1.17.

Astros hitters have slashed .246/.334/.384 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.5 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 1.8 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Houston’s offense has been paced by Josh Reddick, who is hitting .333/.471/.667 with nine hits, seven RBIs and seven runs scored.

Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Free Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The Twins went 1-5 SU against the Astros last season.
  • The Twins bullpen recorded an ERA of 13.28 against the Astros last year.