Astros vs. Twins Pick
Will the Houston Astros ride the arm of Justin Verlander to a road win over the Minnesota Twins tonight at 8:10PM ET?
Monday, April 9, 2018
Location: Target Field – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 36 degrees, 10mph Winds
Time: 8:10PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Houston is favored on the road today, as the Astros are getting odds of -165 to win against Minnesota. The Twins are getting a money line of +150 at home. The over/under total is currently listed at 8.5 runs.
The pitching matchup today features Justin Verlander on the mound to face Lance Lynn of the Twins. Verlander is 1-0 to start the season through two starts. He has pitched 11.2 innings and has allowed three earned runs on 10 hits with three walks and 14 strikeouts. Lynn suffered a lost in his first start. He allowed five runs over four innings to the Pirates. Lynn gave up six walks and three hits.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public betting for this game is behind the Astros. Houston is getting 76 percent of the wagers on the road against the Twins.
Neither team has nobody new listed on the injury report for today’s contest.
Minnesota is 4-3 through seven games this season after splitting two home games with the Mariners this weekend. The Twins are putting up 4.86 runs per game this season while allowing 3.71 per game. Brian Dozier has hit four solo home runs to lead the Twins this season while Miguel Sano has three home runs with eight RBI.
Houston is off to an 8-2 start to the season following a 5-1 homestand against the Orioles and the Padres. The Astros are averaging 4.70 runs per game this season while allowing just 2.50 per game. At the plate, Josh Reddick is leading the team with three home runs and seven RBI. Carlos Correa has added two homers and nine RBI.
I am surprised to see the lines this low given Lynn looked awful in his first start and Verlander has been very strong. Verlander knows this Minnesota stadium and lineup well as well from his time pitching in Detroit. I think he cruises and the Astros light up the Twins today.
MLB PREDICTIONS: HOUSTON ASTROS -165