The Minnesota Twins (62-58) and Houston Astros (78-45) open a 3-game set at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET Let’s analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around Twins vs. Astros odds with MLB picks and predictions.
Season Series: The Astros lead the series 3-0.
The Twins won the first set of a 4 game series against the Texas Rangers, and then went on to drop 3 games in a row. Minnesota has struggled to score runs, scoring just 10 runs in the last 5 games.
The Astros salvaged a 3-game interleague series finale in Atlanta, winning 5-4 on Sunday after dropping the first 2 contests. Houston has managed a 3-4 mark in their last 7 games overall.
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The Astros had the Twins projected to start.
RHP Aaron Sanchez vs. RHP Justin Verlander
Sanchez (3-3, 7.68 ERA) makes his 9th start. He has a 1.68 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, and 5.9 K/9 in 36 1/3 IP.
Allowed 2 ER, 4 H, and 2 BB with 8 K in 5 IP in his team Monday against the Detroit Tigers after being acquired from the Washington Nationals. Made a relief appearance against the Astros last season as a member of the Nats, allowing 1 ER and 3 H in 2 IP on Jul 30, 2021.
Verlander (15-3, 1.93 ERA) made his 23rd start. He has a 0.88 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.7 K/9 in 143 IP.
Is 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA with just 4 HR with 66 K in 10 home starts in 62 IP. Allowed just 1 H and 2 BB with 5 K over 8 scoreless IP in a May 10 win at Minnesota.
Twins in Astros Odds and Lines
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Moneyline (ML): Twin +290 (bet $100 to win $290) | Astros -380 ($380 bet to win $100) run line (RL)/against the spread (ATS): Twins +2.5 (-108) | Astros -2.5 (-112) Over/Under (O/U): 8.5 (O: +100 | U: -125)
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Astros Twins Picks and Predictions
Astros 6, Twins 1
The Astros (-380) will cost you about 4 times your potential return, and it’s not a great long-term betting strategy. You’ll win a handful of these bets, but the losses will quickly eat into your bankroll.
Avoid, and look at the run line instead.
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Run the line against the spread.
The ASTROS are worth a roll of the dice with their Cy Young Award candidate at -2.5 (-112). The Twins +2.5 (-108) have struggled to score runs recently, and facing Verlander certainly won’t be the elixir to cure their ailments.
Under 8.5 (-125) is the series opener.
It’s been about the under for the Twins lately, hit in 5 straight games while averaging just 2.0 runs per outing. The under is also 25-7-4 for Minnesota in its last 36 attempts against AL West teams.
The Astros have been hammering the overs lately, and facing a very giving pitcher like Sanchez is a concern. However, the under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings with the Twins, including 3-1-1 in the last 5 contests in H-Town.