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Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/3/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (63-73) at Houston Astros (84-53)
Date & Time Monday September 3, 2018, 2:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -225 / Minnesota Twins +207 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Minnesota Twins (63-73) at Houston Astros (84-53)
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The Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros meet Monday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Minnesota Twins could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Twins have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last five games. The Minnesota Twins have won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 154 hits and 74 RBI while Joe Mauer and Max Kepler have combined for 213 hits and 86 RBI. Kohl Stewart gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Stewart’s first career game against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Astros have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Houston Astros have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring more than two runs. Alex Bregman leads the Astros with 150 hits and 88 RBI while Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 270 hits and 115 RBI. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he is 10-10 with a 3.58 ERA and 130 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

The Twins are 11-5 in their last 16 during game 1 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League West and 10-24 in their last 34 road games. The Astros are 19-7 in their last 26 vs. American League Central, 41-20 in Keuchels last 61 home starts and 9-3 in Keuchels last 12 starts. The Twins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Houston, 3-9 in the last 12 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Houston Astros seem to be picking up steam down the stretch now that the team is getting healthy, and Keuchel is back in form with him allowing three or less runs in nine of his last 10 starts. Keuchel has allowed no more than three runs in each of his last five home starts and has gone at least six innings in four of those five starts. The Minnesota Twins are a team counting the days until the offseason and has had no success playing in Houston. I'll take the Astros and the RL to icnrease the bet value.

Houston Astros -1.5

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