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Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros - 8/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (57-53) at Minnesota Twins (44-66)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

C McHugh (7-8) (4.73) vs. Tyler Duffey (6-8) (6.21)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +130 / Houston Astros -140 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, RTSW

Coming up on Monday in MLB action from Target Field, we’ve got game one of the series between the Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins. 

The Astros are fresh off a series against the Rangers. The two teams split the first two games, and in Sunday’s rubber match, it took 11 innings to get there, but Houston dropped the game 5-3. 

Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros - 8/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As for the Twins, they just finished up a series against the Rays. Those two also split their first pair of games, and on Sunday the Twins took a 6-3 win and the series. 

Pitching for the Astros on Monday will be Collin McHugh. Over his 22 starts and 7-8 record this season, McHugh owns a 4.73 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP in 121.2 innings. In his last start against Toronto. McHugh logged six innings with six hits and three earned in a loss. 

Houston has an enviable crew of young hitters at the plate. Jose Altuve has hit 155 times in an MVP-caliber season with 80 runs, 19 homers and 67 RBI. George Springer has been the power man on 22 homers, 112 hits, 76 runs and 60 RBI. Carlos Correa holds 108 hits with 53 runs, 15 homers and 70 RBI. 

Over on the Twins’ side Monday, we’ll be seeing starter Tyler Duffey. In his 18 starts and 6-8 mark this year, Duffey holds a 6.21 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP in 95.2 innings of work. In his most recent start in Cleveland, Duffey logged a win on eight hits and five runs in six innings. 

Minnesota has some pretty good talent at the plate as well. Eduardo Nunez has hit 110 times with 49 runs, 12 homers and 47 RBI. Joe Mauer holds 107 hits with 57 runs, nine homers and 42 RBI. Brian Dozier has hit 108 times with 64 runs, 22 homers and 62 RBI. 

The Astros are 9-4 in their last 13 game ones of a series, and 1-5 in their last six overall. Houston is also 1-6 in their last seven road games and 0-5 in their last five against the American League Central. 

As for the Twins, they’re 4-0 in their last four game ones of a series, and 5-1 in their last six against the American League West. Minnesota is also 2-5 in their last seven Monday games, and 0-5 in their last five home games following a road trip of seven or more days. 

I like the Astros this year, but they’re simply losing games lately. I’ll take Minnesota for the opening win here.

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Minnesota Twins +130

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