Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Monday April 29, 2019, 7:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Astros -166 / Minnesota Twins +156 -- Over/Under: 8
The Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins meet Monday in MLB action at Target Field.
The Houston Astros look for a victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Astros have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Houston Astros have won six of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 34 hits and 18 RBI while George Springer and Josh Reddick have combined for 58 hits and 28 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 20-9 with a 2.94 ERA and 246 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Twins have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Twins are 15-5 this season when scoring four or more runs. Jorge Polanco leads the Twins with 32 hits and 10 RBI while Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler have combined for 48 hits and 40 RBI. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 48-22 in their last 70 during game 1 of a series, 21-4 in Verlanders last 25 road starts and 37-16 in Verlanders last 53 starts. The Twins are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series, 37-16 in their last 53 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games. The Astros are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Minnesota and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Twins last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The under is 5-2 in Verlanders last 7 road starts.
Odorizzi has given up 26 fly balls in his last two starts and has allowed 10 earned runs in his last 16.2 innings, numbers you don't want to see when facing a team such as the Astros. Verlander rarely loses when he's on the mound for the Astros, winning 21 of his last 25 road starts, and he's allowed a combined three runs in his last 21 innings while striking out 27. Verlander also has ridiculous career success against the Twins, and in 203 career at bats against current Twins, he's allowing a .167 batting average with 62 strikeouts. I have to side with the Astros in this contest.