Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Alex Meyer vs. Collin McHugh
The Minnesota Twins visit Minute Maid Park on Tuesday to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Alex Meyer for the Twins and Collin McHugh for the Astros. The Twins have a 11-13-1 over/under record and a 11-14-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Astros are 8-17-0 against the run line and have a 14-10-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 32% of the time.
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The Twins head into this matchup with a 7-18 record, including 1-10 on the road. Starting pitcher Alex Meyer has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 18.00 and a WHIP of 6.00. He has 1 strikeout over his 1 inning pitched and he has given up 5 hits so far this season. He has allowed 45 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.07. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.26 and they have given up 87 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .259 against the bullpen while being struck out 92 times and walking 36 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 9.35 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.02 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.05. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 233 base hits and 101 earned runs. They have allowed 28 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 75 batters and struck out 200. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 3.99.
As a team, Minnesota is batting .242, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .226 average away from home. The Twins hold a .379 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.36 hits per game. Joe Mauer comes into this game hitting .337 and his on-base percentage is at .459. He has 30 hits this season along with 10 runs scored and 8 runs batted in. He's struck out 9 times and has walked 20 times. Eduardo Nunez is hitting .373 and he has an on-base percentage of .415. He has totaled 22 hits so far while scoring 9 runs and he's driven in 8. He has walked 2 times and has struck out 10 times. The Twins have 209 hits, including 47 doubles and 21 home runs. They've stolen 15 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 6 times. Minnesota has walked 82 times this season and they've struck out 225 times as a unit. They've left 193 men on base and have a team OPS of .691. They score 3.4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 85 runs so far this year.
Houston comes into this matchup with a 4-6 home record and a 8-17 overall mark. With an earned run average of 6.65, Collin McHugh has a 2-3 record and a 1.89 WHIP. He has 17 strikeouts over the 21.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 36 hits. He has allowed 15 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.39. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.61 and they have given up 80 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 84 times and walking 20 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 10.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.58 batters per nine. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.80. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 244 base knocks and 116 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 33 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a staff has walked 67 hitters and struck out 183. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.31.
As a team, they are batting .229, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .248 average at home. The Astros hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 26th in baseball with 7.52 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .306 and he has an OBP of .404. He has 30 hits this year along with 21 runs scored and 14 RBI. He's struck out 15 times and has walked on 13 occasions. Carlos Correa is hitting .264 and he has an OBP of .379. He has collected 23 hits so far while he's scored 12 runs and drove in 9. He has earned a walk 15 times and has punched out 24 times. The Astros as a unit have 188 base hits, including 49 doubles and 30 homers. They have 19 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 10 times. Houston as a team has walked 92 times this year and they have struck out 246 times. They've had 163 men left on base and have an OPS of .718. They score 3.68 runs per game and have totaled 92 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 11-13-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 11-14-0 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 14-10-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 8-17-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/27/16 P Ervin Santana Back 15-day DL (4/20)
04/27/16 P Kyle Gibson Shoulder 15-day DL (4/23)
04/18/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Side 15-day DL (4/18)
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 15-day DL (4/11)
04/04/16 P Lance McCuller Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/02/16 C Max Stassi Wrist 15-day DL (3/29)
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins
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