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Astros vs. Twins - 9/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (69-63) at Houston Astros (73-61)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

M Pelfrey (6-8) (4.04) vs. C McHugh (14-7) (3.70)

The Line: Houston Astros -178 / Minnesota Twins +168 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN/RTSW

The Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Minnesota Twins look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Twins have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Twins have won six of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Joe Mauer leads Minny with 131 hits and 56 RBI while Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter have combined for 132 RBI. The Minnesota Twins have won six of their last seven road games. Mike Pelfrey gets the ball, and he’s 6-8 with a 3.85 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. Pelfrey is 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

Astros vs. Twins - 9/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Astros have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Astros have won five of their last seven when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 163 hits and 55 RBI while Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena have combined for 122 RBI. The Houston Astros have won six of their last nine home games. Collin McHugh takes the hill, and he’s 14-7 with a 3.92 ERA and 136 strikeouts this season. McHugh is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

The Twins are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 0-5 in Pelfreys last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 games following an off day and 21-10 in McHughs last 31 starts. The Twins are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Houston. 

The Astros are coming off a day of rest and have McHugh on the hill, a pitcher who has won five of his last eight starts. Give me Houston to strike first blood in this big series.

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