Minnesota Twins vs Houston Astros Betting Odds
Minnesota Twins vs Houston Astros Match Preview and Free Picks
The Houston Astros own a three-game winning streak and figure to have a great chance to push it to four when they carry a decided pitching advantage into the second of a three-game series with the visiting Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. Star right-hander Justin Verlander will go for the Astros while the Twins will open with reliever Trevor May in what will be a bullpen day for a team that has dropped eight of 10.
Minnesota hopes to cash in on its opportunities against Verlander after it went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position in a 4-1 loss to begin the series Monday afternoon. Alex Bregman homered for the third straight game to lead a meager but effective four-hit attack for the Astros, who maintained a 2 1/2-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
Bregman has reached base safely in 31 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors, and teammate Tyler White had a hit in three at-bats Monday to leave him with a .333 average in 29 games since the All-Star break. Joe Mauer was the only Twin with multiple hits Monday but both were singles and he remains one extra-base hit shy of tying Tony Oliva (597) for fourth on Minnesota's all-time list.
Minnesota Twins vs Houston Astros Starting Pitchers Report
Twins RH Trevor May (3-0, 1.88 ERA): May will be making his 26th career start but his first since Aug. 14, 2015. He struck out all four batters he faced in a perfect relief outing Friday at Texas and owns five straight scoreless appearances spanning 5 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old gave up seven runs over 4 2/3 innings in his career against Houston and Jose Altuve is 3-for-4 with a home run versus May.
Astros RH Justin Verlander (13-9, 2.78): Verlander is 2-1 over his last three starts but has an ERA of 5.40 in that span. He did strike out 11 in just 5 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday and did not allow a home run after serving up 11 long balls over his previous six outings. The seven-time All-Star blanked the Twins over seven frames earlier this season and is 18-9 with a 3.06 ERA in 35 career matchups.
Minnesota Twins Betting Odds Trends
|Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games|
|Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road|
|Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road|
|Minnesota is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Houston|
|Minnesota is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing Houston|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Houston|
|Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston|
|Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston|
Houston Astros Betting Odds Trends
|Houston is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games|
|Houston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games|
|Houston is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games at home|
|Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|Houston is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home|
|Houston is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Minnesota|
|Houston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Minnesota|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Minnesota|
|Houston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota|
|Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota|
Minnesota at Houston Wednesday, September 5