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Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros - 4/30/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins
Date & Time Tuesday April 30, 2019, 7:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
Minnesota Twins +140 / Houston Astros -150 O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
ATSW, FSN
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The Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins will match up on the MLB diamond once again on Tuesday.

In the Monday opener, Minnesota managed one run in the third inning, and that was all it took for a 1-0 win despite getting out-hit 5-3.

For the Tuesday game, the Astros will be sending out Gerrit Cole. In his 36.1 innings and 1-4 mark this year, Cole has a 4.71 ERA with 54 Ks and 12 BBs.

Out of the five hits the Astros put up Monday, four of them belonged two Carlos Correa and Michael Brantley, who each had two knocks.

Over on the Twins’ side, they’re going with Michael Pineda in the start Tuesday. Over 24.0 innings and a 2-1 record so far, Pineda has a 5.62 ERA with 20 Ks and five walks.

Minnesota’s lone run in the Monday win came from a solo homer by Ehire Adrianza. Jonathan Schoop and Nelson Cruz each managed a hit as well for the Twins.

The Astros are 14-4 in their last 18 Tuesday games and 36-15 in their last 51 in game two of a series. Houston is 4-0 in Cole’s last four Tuesday starts and 1-4 in his last five road starts.

Meanwhile, the the over is 4-0 in the Twins’ last four Tuesday games and 6-0 in their last six in game two of a series. Minnesota is 9-19 in their last 28 versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.

Aside from the one implosion in Texas (4.1 innings; nine hits; eight earned), Cole has been very solid this season with five quality starts—unfortunately he’s taken some tough-luck losses without much run support.

As for Pineda, he’s been a little rocky over his last two starts, with 10 earned in 9.0 innings on 15 hits. I like Cole to win the pitching battle here, but the Astros offense really needs to get on Pineda in a hurry so they can pump out those runs. I’m going Houston.

Pick:
Houston Astros -150

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