Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 6/13/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Sunday, June 13, 2021
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-167) Minnesota (+130)
Framber Valdez and the Houston Astros (36-27, 2nd in AL West) go to Target Field on Sunday where they'll take on the Minnesota Twins (25-38, 5th in AL Central). The Twins open this contest at +130 while the Astros are coming in at -167. The total is set at 8. The expected starting pitchers will be Framber Valdez and Michael Pineda.
As a team, the Houston Astros are knocking in 5.4 runs per game, which has them at 1st in the league. They have 342 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .343. The Astros have hit 126 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 76 balls out of the park. They have compiled 323 runs batted in and 594 hits this year, and their batting average is .272. Houston has a slugging % of .439 and have been called out on strikes 452 times, while drawing a walk on 222 occasions.
Astros pitchers have given up 80 long balls and also 264 runs (13th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 206 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.24 as a squad this year. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.75 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.19. The Astros have an ERA of 3.81 this season (11th in baseball), and they have rung up 567 hitters.
Astros pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 57 times in addition to having 66 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have racked up 27 holds this season (22nd in the league). The Astros relievers have a save percentage of 53.8% and stepped onto the hill in 54 save situations. They have 14 saves so far this season and have blown 12 out of their 26 save chances. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 91 base runners so far this year and 41.8% of those players crossed home plate. The Astros have sent 194 relievers to the hill on the season.
The Houston Astros have notched a total of 1,694 putouts this year, in addition to 533 assists and 23 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .990 which puts them in 1st in pro baseball, and they have twisted 464 double plays. The Astros have turned 72.7% of balls in play into outs out of their 5,082 innings on the field, ranking them 1st in pro baseball.
Valdez (15-11 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.93 and he has gone up against 846 batters in the majors. He has given up 171 base knocks (7.8 hits per 9 innings) with 88 walks. His ERA is 3.94 (86 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.317. Valdez has pitched in 196 innings and has accounted for 200 strikeouts during his career.
The Twins hold a team SLG% of .431 and they average 4.62 runs per game (12th in the league). They have tallied 108 two-baggers, while taking a walk 205 times as well as putting up 291 runs. Minnesota has accounted for 92 home runs so far this season and 272 RBIs. They have struck out on 559 occasions (16th in baseball) and have totaled 517 hits. The Minnesota Twins hold a team OBP of .315 and a batting average of .244 for the year.
The Twins are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.352 in addition to having a FIP of 4.68 as a pitching staff for the season. They rank 26th in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 550. The Minnesota pitching staff have allowed 333 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 4.89 (298 earned runs relinquished). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.66 (509 strikeouts vs 191 walks). They have yielded 93 long balls and they relinquish 5.47 runs per 9 innings (29th in baseball).
With 60 save situations, the Twins have amassed 36 holds in addition to 10 blown saves. Minnesota has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 24 save opportunities and they have earned 14 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 70 times in high leverage situations and on 52 occasions with runners on. Minnesota relievers have an inherited score percentage of 60.8% out of 74 inherited runners. They are ranked 21st in MLB with a save percentage of 58.3%, and they have dispatched 205 bullpen pitchers to the hill this season.
In their 4,935 innings on the diamond, the Twins have a defensive efficiency of 68.6% (22nd in MLB). The Minnesota Twins have turned 59 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .980 (28th in professional baseball). The Twins have recorded 561 assists, 44 errors and have a tally of 1,645 putouts so far this season.
In his pro baseball career, Pineda has conceded 861 base hits while totaling 902 strikeouts in 904 frames. Pineda (56-49 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a 3.99 earned run average while giving up 8.6 hits per 9 innings. He has surrendered a total of 401 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.179 and having a FIP of 3.7. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.38 and he has gone up against 3,743 opposing batters in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (-167)
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