Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/5/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (69-64) at Houston Astros (73-61)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
E Santana (3-4) (5.40) vs. L McCullers (5-5) (3.21)
The Line: Houston Astros -160 / Minnesota Twins +150 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, ROOT-Southwest
The Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins continue their series at Minute Maid Park on Saturday.
The Minnesota Twins are one of the Wild Card leaders which is their only chance at the postseason with the Royals pulling away in the American League Central. The surging Twins never got going in an 8-0 loss at Houston but have still won seven of eleven. Starter Mike Pelfrey struggled through four innings with seven runs scoring on eight hits to absorb the defeat. The dangerous offense was limited to seven hits and a walk with Joe Mauer going 2-4 while Kurt Suzuki singled and walked. Minnesota sends Ervin Santana to the bump to face Houston for his second straight start. Santana had little problem with the Astros the first time with ten strikeouts in seven scoreless innings.
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The Houston Astros still sit atop the American League West although they haven’t played well the past week. The Astros had been in a short funk as losers in three of four before their big win in the series opener. Collin McHugh upped his record to 15-7with 7.2 shutout innings. That was overkill with the Stros getting a homer and five RBI’s from Hank Congerwhile Cody Rasmus drove in a pair and scored with Jed Lowrie also scoring twice. Rookie Lance McCullers draws Saturday’s start versus visiting Minnesota. McCullers faced the Twins last time out with three runs plated on four hits and four walks over six frames.
Minnesota are 9-2 in their last 11 games as an underdog and are 8-2 in their last 10 games on grass while going 10-3 in their last 13 overall. Houston are 3-10 in their last 13 Saturday games and are 38-14 in their last 52 home games while the over is 5-1-2 in McCullers' last 8 starts overall. Minnesota are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Houston. I’m not sold on either hurler in this spot but may be a small edge to Houston…