Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins - 5/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (8-19) at Houston Astros (9-18)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
P Hughes (1-4) (4.45) vs. M Fiers (2-1) (4.97)
The Line: Houston Astros -125 / Minnesota Twins +115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: RTSW, FSN
Coming up on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, we’ve got the finale of an early-week set between the Minnesota Twins and the Houston Astros.
This will be game three of the series. On Monday in the opener, the Twins bagged a 6-2 victory. In Tuesday’s game two, Houston got a little revenge, scoring three times in both the third and fourth innings on the way to a 6-4 victory. The Astros needed just five hits to get the job done in that one.
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Making the start in Wednesday’s game will be Twins right-hander Phil Hughes. It’s been a pretty shaky run for Hughes so far in his five starts, as he’s carrying a 4.45 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP over 30.1 innings and a 1-4 record. Hughes was pretty rough once again on Friday in his last appearance, as he put up four runs on seven hits in five frames for a loss against the Tigers.
The Twins batting order has had its share of difficulties this season, but we’ve got a few standouts mixed in there. Joe Mauer is playing well right now with 30 hits and 10 runs, while Miguel Sano isn’t far off with 24 hits and 12 runs. Mauer and Sano combined to go 1-for-7 with one RBI on Tuesday. Byung-ho Park has been the team’s power station this season with seven homers, but he has just 12 RBI. Park logged yet another solo homer on Tuesday.
Right-hander Mike Fiers will be making the start on Wednesday for the Astros. After a sketchy start, Fiers has calmed down lately to the tune of a 4.97 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and a 2-1 record in his five starts over 29 innings. On Friday against the A’s in his last time out, Fiers recorded seven innings of two-run ball.
The Astros aren’t world-beaters by any stretch, but they do have a solid core group of talent in their lineup. Jose Altuve has been great this season with his seven homers, 22 runs and 31 hits. Colby Rasmus has seven homers and a team-high 20 RBI among his 20 hits. Rasmus went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, though. As for George Springer, he’s got 29 hits with 16 runs, six homers and 14 RBI. Springer went 1-for-2 with a homer, two runs and two RBI on Tuesday.
The Twins are just 1-4 in Hughes’ last five starts, and 0-5 in Hughes’ last five road starts. As for Houston, they’re just 2-6 in Fiers’ last eight starts and 1-4 in their last five Wednesday games.
Unless you’re a fan of either team, there aren’t too many reasons to pay much attention to this game. That being said, we should see a solid showing from the Astros offense, as I can’t trust Hughes for anything these days. I’ll take Houston and their underrated hitters for the win.