Houston Astros (7-2) at Minnesota Twins (4-3)
|Date & Time||Monday April 9, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Minnesota Twins +150 / Houston Astros -165 --- Over/Under: 8.5
We have some MLB action on Monday as the Houston Astros take on the Minnesota Twins in game one of their three game set from Target Field.
The Houston Astros come into this one winners of 7 of their last 8 games, including a 4-1 win in their series finale against San Diego on Sunday. Max Stassi went 1 for 3 with a three run homer, while Josh Reddick added a solo shot of his own to round out the scoring for the ‘Stros in the victory. George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher each added a base hit of their own in the winning effort as well for Houston. Charlie Morton got the win to improve to 2-0 this season after giving up just an unearned run on four hits while walking three and striking out seven over six innings of work. Brad Peacock closed out the 9th, notching his first save of the year. Justin Verlander will start game one and is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season in his career, Verlander is 17-9 with a 3.15 ERA and 221 strikeouts against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins come into this one rested after having their series finale against the Mariners postponed due to inclement weather. The Twins had to settle for a split after dropping game two by a final score of 11-4 on Saturday. Brian Dozier leads the Twins with 4 home runs, while Joe Mauer is hitting a team-high .364 through the team’s first 7 games. Lance Lynn will make his second start of the year after giving up five runs on three hits in four innings against Pittsburgh, striking out three. In his career, Lynn is 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA and 32 strikeouts against Houston.
Houston is 40-17 in their last 57 games overall and 19-9 in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the AL Central. Minnesota is 15-6 in their last 21 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 home games. Houston is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota.
Lynn has had career success against Houston, which makes the plus money with the rested Twins at home worth a look. However, Lynn’s last start against Houston came in 2013, back when Houston was a joke in the standings and Lynn was not good in his first start of the year. The Astros didn’t look dominant at times against one of the worst teams in the league in San Diego, but Houston has been pretty close to automatic with Verlander on the mound and has had a lot of recent success against the Twins, so even on the road, I have to lay the juice with Houston in this one.