Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/8/14
Houston Astros (27-35) at Minnesota Twins (28-31)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Collin McHugh (R) (4-3) (2.520) vs. Samuel Deduno (R) (2-2) (4.364)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -108 / Houston Astros -102 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, FSN-N
The Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins will play a rubber matchup on Sunday afternoon.
The Astros have won 10 of their last 14 games and have moved within nine games of a .500 record. Although losing 8-0 on Saturday, the Astros pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Astros are 17-6 when allowing three or less runs. The Astros bats have also woken up, as George Spring has scored six runs in his last 10 games and Matt Dominguez has homered twice in his last six games. Collin McHugh gets the start, and he’s 4-3 with a 2.52 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 50 innings. This will be McHugh’s first career game against the Twins.
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The Twins are just trying to find some consistency, as they’ve won four of their last seven games. While the Twins pithing continues to be god awful, their offense has scored four or more runs in five straight games. Trevor Plouffe has 10 hits in as many games and Brian Dozier has scored seven runs in his last eight games. However, the Twins pitching staff has a brutal ERA at 4.47. Samuel Deduno gets the nod, and he’s 2-3 with a 3.83 ERA and has 37 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. This is Deduno’s second career start against the Astros.
The Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road favorite and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The Twins are 1-4 in Deduno's last 5 home starts and 7-3 in Deduno's last 10 starts as a home underdog.
It's likely that Saturday's loss was a sign of the Astros returning to their old self. Give me the better team in the Twins for the cheap price.