Minnesota Twins vs Houston Astros Prediction, 8/25/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Houston Astros
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+135) Houston (-155)
The Minnesota Twins (62-59) are on their way to Minute Maid Park on Thursday where they will take on the Houston Astros (79-45). The moneyline on this game has the Twins at +135 while the Astros are coming in at -155. The total is 8. The pitchers taking the mound will be Chris Archer and Luis Garcia.
As a unit, the Minnesota Twins are recording 4.4 runs per game, which has them at 14th in the league. They have accumulated 530 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .318. The Twins have accumulated 200 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 144 baseballs out of the park. They have recorded 511 RBI's as well as 1,018 hits for the season, and their batting average is sitting at .249. Minnesota has a slugging rate of .410 and have struck out 987 times, while taking a walk on 390 occasions.
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The Twins have compiled a team ERA of 3.94 on the campaign (18th in the league), and they have struck out 1,010 hitters. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.86 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.24. Twins pitchers have conceded 143 home runs and 508 total runs (12th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 353 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.07 as a team on the season.
The Twins relief pitchers have a save percentage of 51.1% and has come into the game in 130 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 142 base runners for the season with 31.0% of those runners crossed home plate. Twins pitchers have stepped onto the hill with players on base 98 times as well as having 132 appearances in high leverage situations. The Twins have sent 416 relief pitchers to the mound this year. The relievers have earned 84 holds this season (3rd in the league). They have accumulated 23 saves this season and have blown 22 of 45 save opportunities.
The Twins have converted 70.5% of balls hit into play into outs out of 9,666 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 7th in MLB. The Minnesota Twins have accumulated 3,222 putouts this year, as well as 975 assists and 59 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .986 which has them sitting 11th in the majors, and have a total of 88 double plays.
Archer has thrown 1,341 frames and has racked up 1,446 strikeouts thus far in his career. His earned run average is 3.88 (579 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.254. He has conceded 1,213 base knocks (8.1 hits per nine innings) and has 470 walks. Archer (63-87 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 3.70 while he has gone up against 5,657 opposing batters in the majors.
Houston has a total of 167 HRs over the course of the season as well as 554 runs batted in. They have hit 219 two-baggers, while taking a walk 415 times as well as earning 569 runs. The Houston Astros have recorded an OBP of .319 and a team batting average of .247 on the year. The Astros hold a team SLG% of .425 and they average 4.59 runs per contest (8th in MLB). They have struck out on 926 occasions (28th in baseball) and are sitting with 1,023 base knocks.
The Astros have a team WHIP of 1.118 in addition to having a FIP of 3.45 as a unit so far this year. They rank 2nd in the league as a staff in total hits allowed with 872. The Houston pitching staff have surrendered 416 runs so far this year and come in with a team ERA of 3.07 (375 earned runs yielded). Their K/BB ratio comes in at 3.12 (1,112 strikeouts vs 356 bases on balls). They have given up 104 home runs and they concede 3.41 runs per 9 innings (2nd in the league).
Sitting with 125 save situations, the Astros have recorded 74 holds in addition to 14 blown saves. Houston has had relief pitchers enter the game in 51 save chances and they have walked away with 37 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 119 times in high leverage situations and also on 81 occasions with base runners. Houston relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 29.8% out of their 121 inherited base runners. They are ranked 4th in baseball holding a save rate of 72.5%, and they have sent 360 bullpen pitchers to the hill on the campaign.
The Houston Astros have gotten 97 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .987 (10th in baseball). The Astros have racked up 969 assists, 58 errors and have accumulated 3,296 putouts this year. In their 9,888 innings on the diamond, the Astros have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 71.8% (3rd in pro baseball).
So far in his career, Garcia has conceded 246 base hits while he has earned 303 punch outs in 291 frames. Garcia (21-17 mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.71 ERA while conceding 7.6 hits per nine innings. He has allowed 120 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.168 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.8. His K/BB ratio is 3.22 and he has faced 1,191 hitters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (-155)
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