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Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/12/14

Minnesota Twins (52-64) at Houston Astros (49-69)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Yohan Pino (R) (1-4) (4.588) vs. Collin McHugh (R) (4-9) (3.177)

The Line: Houston Astros -128 / Minnesota Twins +118 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-N, CSN-HOU

The Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros play Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Twins have split their last 10 games and are 11 games below .500. The Twins season has been ruined by bad pitching, as they have an ERA of 4.36, which is 26th in the majors. However, the Twins have allowed just three runs in their last two games and have won eight of their last 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Trevor Plouffe has four RBIs in his last three games and Brian Dozier has drawn a walk in 12 straight games. Yohan Pino takes the hill, and he’s 1-4 with a 4.59 ERA and has 37 strikeouts in 51 innings. This is Pino’s first career game against the Astros.

Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/12/14

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The Astros have split their last 10 games and are 21 games below .500. Pitching has been tough for the Astros this season as well, as they’ve given up four or more runs in four of their last six games. The Astros have an ERA of 4.40, which is 28th in baseball, and they’ve lost 10 straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Chris Carter has five homers in his last nine games and Matt Dominguez has an eight-game hitting streak. Starting is Collin McHugh, who is 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA and has 115 strikeouts in 102 innings. This is McHugh’s second career game against the Twins.

The Twins are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 10-24 in their last 34 vs. American League West. The Astros are 1-4 in McHughs last 5 home starts and 1-7 in McHughs last 8 starts overall. 

I don't feel confident backing either one of these teams with how horrible they've been playing. However, both pitchers give up runs and it's been the only constant with both teams. I suggest taking the over if you really feel the need to cap this game. 

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