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Twins vs. Astros - 8/11/16 Game One MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (58-55) at Minnesota Twins (46-67)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)

D Fister (10-7) (3.47) vs. Jose Berrios (2-2) (8.31)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +118 / Houston Astros -128 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTSW

The Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins will play game of a doubleheader Thursday afternoon.

The Houston Astros could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Astros have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Houston Astros offense has gone ice cold again lately, and they’ve lost six straight games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 159 hits, George Springer has 62 RBI and Carlos Correa has 16 home runs. Doug Fister gets the nod, and he’s 10-7 with a 3.47 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. Fister is 5-7 with a 3.10 ERA and 70 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

Twins vs. Astros - 8/11/16 Game One MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Twins haven’t lost two straight games since July 26-27. The Twins have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Minnesota Twins offense has caught fire lately, and they’ve won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Brian Dozier leads Minnesota with 109 hits, Joe Mauer has 42 RBI and Miguel Sano has 19 home runs. Jose Berrios takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 8.31 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Berrios’ second career game against the Astros.

The Astros are 21-46 in their last 67 Thursday games and 13-5 in Fisters last 18 starts. The Twins are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games. The over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.

This is starting to get due or die time for the Astros, who are slowly falling out of the race with all these losses. So, while the Twins are playing really well lately, I'll take the team still playing for something and the cheap price. 

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Houston Astros -128

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