Astros vs. Twins - 5/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (7-18) at Houston Astros (8-17)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Jose Berrios (0-1) (11.25) vs. D Keuchel (2-3) (4.41)
The Line: Houston Astros -175 / Minnesota Twins +161 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros begin a three-game series Monday night at Minute Maid Park.
The Minnesota Twins could use a nice road win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Twins pitching staff is the reason for their struggles, as Minnesota has allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Minnesota Twins are a brutal 4-14 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Joe Mauer leads Minnesota with 30 hits, Miguel Sano has 11 RBI and Byung Ho Park has six home runs. Jose Berrios gets the ball, and he’s 0-1 with a 11.25 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Berrios’ first career game against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros could also use a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Astros keep having issues on the offensive end, as Houston has scored three or less runs in 11 of its last 18 games. The Houston Astros, who scored six runs in three games against the Athletics, have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 30 hits, Colby Rasmus has 20 RBI and George Springer has four home runs. Dallas Keuchel takes the hill, and he’s 2-3 with a 4.41 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 1-10 in their last 11 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League West. The Astros are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 32-13 in Keuchels last 45 starts.
The Astros are by far the more talented team between these two struggling clubs. We expected the Twins to struggle this season, while the Astros are a playoff contender. Also, Keuchel is nothing but money at home. I'll take the Astros here.