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Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/24/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros
Date & Time Wednesday April 24, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Astros / Minnesota Twins -- O/U:
TV Channel
FS-North
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The Minnesota Twins and the Houston Astros meet in the rubber match of their three game set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night.

The Minnesota Twins will look to rebound and win the series after dropping game two on Tuesday by a final score of 10-4. Eddie Rosario led the Twins with his 10th home run of the year along with three RBIs while Max Kepler added an RBI to round out Minnesota’s scoring in the loss. Jonathan Schoop went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles while Mitch Garver and Byron Buxton each had a base knock as well in the losing effort for the Twins. Michael Pineda allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out four over 5.1 innings of work. Kohl Stewart will make his season debut in game three and was 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 24 strikeouts last season. This will be Stewart’s first career start against Houston.

The Houston Astros will also look to take the set after evening up the series at one win apiece following their game two win on Tuesday. Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman each had three RBIs with Altuve hitting a home run while George Springer went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Michael Brantley and Jake Marisnick each had an RBI to round out Houston’s scoring in the win while Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick each went 2 for 4 with a double. Tyler White had two hits of his own to round out the offense for Houston in the win. Wade Miley gave up three runs on three hits while striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Hector Rondon got the win to improve to 2-0 this season. Justin Verlander will start game three and is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. In his career, Verlander is 19-9 with a 3.00 ERA and 238 strikeouts against Minnesota.

Minnesota is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 19-8 in their last 27 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a right-handed starter. Houston is 5-1 in Verlander’s last 6 home starts and 46-22 in their last 68 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Minnesota is 4-13 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Houston.

Minnesota hung around with Houston in game one before getting taken to the woodshed in game two and sending Stewart to the bump for his season debut here may not be the best situation to come into. Verlander has allowed just one run against Minnesota since joining the Astros and has had Minnesota’s number for his entire career. Each of those starts also saw Houston win by two or more runs, so I’ll side with Houston on the run line to get some extra value out of the bet.

Pick:
Houston -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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