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Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick 9/2/13

Minnesota Twins (59-76) at Houston Astros (45-91)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Andrew Albers (L) (2-2) (2.919) vs. Paul Clemens (R) (0-0) (1.500)

The Line: Houston Astros +104 / Minnesota Twins -114 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North, CSN Houston

The Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins face-off Monday in Houston as they meet for game one of their series.

The Houston Astros have the worst record in baseball and will probably lose more than 100 games this season, but they have never quit in a game and they are starting to put together some things for the future. The Astros are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 22-47 at home, while they are a whopping 34 games out in the AL West. Jason Castro is hitting .278 and Jose Altuve is hitting .270, but as far as regulars, those are the only two Astros hitting over .250. Paul Clemens gets the start in this one for Houston, as he is 4-4 on the season with a 5.81 ERA and 0-0 in his last three starts, with a 1.50 ERA.

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Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick 9/2/13

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The Minnesota Twins have had a rough go of it this season as well, but even so we have seen flashes of improvement and with some promising stars in the pipeline, the Twins may not be down for much longer. The Twins are 4-6 n their last 10 games and 31-40 on the road this season. Joe Mauer is out of the lineup and Justin Morneau was traded to Pittsburgh, so at .244 and .239, Brian Dozier and Ryan Doumit are the leading hitters of the regulars. For Monday’s game at Houston, Andrew Albers takes to the mound and, although he is 0-2 with a 5.49 ERA in his last three starts, he has shown talent and is 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA for the season.

Houston is 21-47 in their last 68 home games, 15-42 in their last 67 games, and 1-6 in their last seven games against the AL Central. Minnesota is 6-2 in game one of a series, 2-6 in their last eight games, and 0-7 as a road favorite. Minnesota has won four of the last five meetings of these two in Houston.

This is a better game than it appears as far as close games are concerned, though neither of these two is considered a good team. I like a home dog with a fighting chance and I believe we have one here with the Astros.

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