Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros 9/3/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Monday, September 3, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Kohl Stewart vs. Dallas Keuchel
The Minnesota Twins head to Minute Maid Park on Monday, September 3, 2018 to take on the Houston Astros. The expected starting pitchers are Kohl Stewart for the Twins and Dallas Keuchel for the Astros.
The odds for this matchup have Minnesota at +207 and Houston at -225. The Twins have a 64-67-4 over/under mark and a 70-65-0 run line record. The Astros are 68-68-0 against the run line and have a 60-69-7 over/under record.
Valuable Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 64-67-4 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 70-65-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 60-69-7 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 68-68-0 against the run line
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
09/02/18 LF Eddie Rosario Quad is out indefinitely
09/01/18 P Adalberto Mejia Wrist 60-day DL (08/10)
08/19/18 P Ervin Santana Finger 10-day DL (08/19)
08/12/18 1B Logan Morrison Hip 7-day DL (08/11)
07/14/18 P Aaron Slegers Shoulder 10-day DL (07/11)
06/10/18 C Jason Castro Knee is out for season
03/26/18 P Michael Pineda Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Trevor May Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
08/29/18 P Charlie Morton Shoulder 10-day DL (08/29)
08/05/18 P Lance McCullers Jr. Elbow 10-day DL (08/05)
05/21/18 LF Derek Fisher Intestinal 10-day DL (05/20)
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 63-72 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Kohl Stewart has a 0-1 record with an earned run average of 6.61 and a WHIP of 2.02 this year. He has 11 strikeouts over his 16.1 innings pitched and he's given up 24 hits. He allows 13.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.62. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.42 and they have given up 502 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .260 against the bullpen and they've struck out 499 hitters and walked 168 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.5. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 1,206 base hits and 600 earned runs. They have allowed 167 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 466 batters and struck out 1,154. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.37.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .245, good for 18th in the league. The Twins hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Max Kepler is hitting .229 with an on-base percentage of .317. He has 103 hits this season in 450 at bats with 47 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .424 and an OPS+ of 99. Joe Mauer is hitting .276 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .349. He has totaled 108 hits and he has driven in 39 men in 392 at bats. His OPS+ is 97 while his slugging percentage is at .375. The Twins have 1,119 hits, including 261 doubles and 143 home runs. Minnesota has walked 442 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,126 times as a unit. They have left 895 men on base and have a team OPS of .720. They score 4.45 runs per contest and have scored a total of 596 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 83-53 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.58, Dallas Keuchel has a 10-10 record and a 1.26 WHIP this season. He has 130 strikeouts over the 173.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 174 hits. He allows 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.65. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.99 and they have given up 316 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 481 batters and walked 104 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 3.14. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 972 base knocks and 423 earned runs this season. They have given up 127 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 351 hitters and struck out 1,411 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.09 while their FIP as a staff is 3.20.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 7th in the league. The Astros hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Alex Bregman comes into this matchup batting .291 with an OBP of .393. He has 147 hits this year along with 86 RBI in 506 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .528 with an OPS+ of 155. Yuli Gurriel is hitting .277 this season and he has an OBP of .312. He has collected 124 hits in 447 at bats while driving in 64 runs. He has an OPS+ of 98 and a slugging percentage of .400. The Astros as a unit have 1,171 base hits, including 242 doubles and 173 homers. Houston has walked 469 times this year and they have struck out on 1,023 occasions. They have had 876 men left on base and have an OPS of .759. They have scored 4.93 runs per game and totaled 666 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Twins +207
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