Houston Astros (35-16) at Minnesota Twins (26-20)
|Date & Time||Monday May 29, 2017, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Twins +105 / Houston Astros -125 --- Over/Under: 9
We have some American League action on tap Monday, as the Houston Astros visit the Minnesota Twins to kick off a three game set at Target Field.
The Houston Astros will look to stay hot after winning 6 of their last 7 games, following their 8-4 win over the Orioles on Sunday, completing the sweep and giving the ‘Stros their 4th straight victory. George Springer went 1 for 3 at the dish with a 2-run homer, while Marwin Gonzalez and Yuli Gurriel each had 2 RBI games of their own. Jose Altuve added an RBI as well, while Josh Reddick went 1 for 4 with a triple. Carlos Beltran and Norichika Aoki each chipped in a double, while Carlos Correa contributed a pair of base knocks in the winning effort as Evan Gattis was the lone Astro held without a hit in the game. Lance McCullers Jr. was solid, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits while striking out 8 over 6 innings of work to improve to 6-1 on the year. Brad Peacock will get the start in game one and is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. In his career, Peacock is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will try to find their footing again after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including an 8-6 extra innings loss in their series finale against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Joe Mauer led the charge for the Twins, going 4 for 5 at the plate with a home run, a double and a pair of RBI. Jason Castro went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI, while Brian Dozier, Jorge Polanco and Robbie Grossman each chipped in an RBI in the losing effort. Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton each contributed base hits in the loss, while Kennys Vargas struggled mightily, going a horrendous 0 for 8 from the plate with 4 strikeouts in the loss. Kyle Gibson was solid, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits while striking out 4 over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brandon Kintzler put up his 2nd blown save of the year, and Hector Santiago gave up the game-deciding pair of runs in the 15th inning, taking the loss to fall to 4-4 this season. Ervin Santana will take the bump for the series opener and is 7-2 with a 1.80 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. In his career, Santana is 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against Houston.
Houston is 36-17 in their last 53 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a right-handed starter. Minnesota is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 7-3 in Santana’s last 10 starts while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the AL West. Houston is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
This is a hard one to call, as you have the best record in the league sending out a reliever against a team starting one of the best pitchers this season with an offense that just played 15 innings yesterday. Normally I’d say go with Houston, but I’m not sure the offensive advantage for Houston outweighs the huge pitching advantage for Minnesota, so I’ll take a shot with the Twins here with Santana having previous success against Houston and with the Astros having to travel from Texas for this one.