Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros - 8/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (57-54) at Minnesota Twins (45-66)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
M Fiers (7-5) (4.34) vs. H Santiago (10-5) (4.37)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +106 / Houston Astros -116 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins look to build on their big time win against the Houston Astros on Monday as they face off again at Target Field on Tuesday.
The Houston Astros picked a very inopportune time to go on a losing streak as they are a very disappointing 2-8 in their last 10 baseball games and have gone from potentially taking over the AL West to running the risk of missing out altogether. The Astros have a pretty solid lineup but they are still quite young and it is showing right now as they are buckling under the pressure and lost their series opener against a bottom feeder Twins side and if they are in trouble again here with Mike FIers on the mound. Houston is 1-5 in their last six games and face off against Hector Santiago in this one which could be another tough outing for them as they can see their grasp on a wild card spot slipping away. Mike Fiers is 7-5 with a 4.34 ERA while Santiago is 10-5 with a 4.37 mark and gets another start with his new team.
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The Twins have really started to pick things up over the last couple of weeks and while they are well back of a playoff spot and won’t be contending for a World Series this year they are very fun to watch right now and have shown some promise playing into next season. Brian Dozier has really elevated his game over the last couple of months and with guys like Miguel Sano swinging a heavy bat it leaves them in a good position on most nights but over the course of the season they haven’t been able to find the consistency necessary to compete with the big dogs of the AL Central.
The Astros are 0-5 in their last five against the AL Central, 5-1 in FIers’ last six starts against the AL Central, and 1-4 in their last five against a lefty while the Twins are 5-1 in their last six against the AL West, 5-1 in their last six Tuesday games, and 6-2 in their last eight overall. This is a very tough call as the Astros are the better team and need the victory but Minny is playing well and to me have the better pitcher on the mound in Santiago and that is where I am siding in this one.