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2021 MLB Handicapping
(45-62) Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros (65-42)
Date: Thursday, August 5th, 2021
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Projected Pitchers: Griffin Jax (MIN) vs. Framber Valdez (HOU)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Twins +190 Astros -256
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Twins +1.5, Astros -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 10
The Twins will be in Houston to take on the Astros for game 1 Thursday at 8:10 ET.
Griffin Jax is going for the Twins and Framber Valdez gets the start for the Astros.
These teams met back in June and the Astros won 2 of 3 games.
The Twins have had a very tough season so far.
They are last in the American League Central with a 45-62 record. The White Sox lead them by 18 games.
Minnesota took the first game against the Reds 7-5 on Tuesday. As I write this, the Reds are winning 4-1 in the 3rd inning.
Kenta Maeda went 5 innings and allowed 5 earned runs on Tuesday.
Griffin Jax has not been great this year. He is 1-1 with a 6.41 ERA. His last start was against the Cardinals on Friday where he went 5 innings and allowed 1 earned run. The Cardinals won that game 5-1.
The pitching has not been great this year and it took a big step backwards when Jose Berrios got traded to the Blue Jays. The club has an ERA of 5.0 which is 27th best in baseball.
Offense is the best part of their game. They are scoring 4.64 runs per game which is 12th best in the major leagues.
Minnesota has hit 155 home runs which is 3rd best in baseball.
The Astros are having a very good season and they have been one of the best teams in baseball.
They are still 1st in the American League West with a record of 65-42. They lead the Athletics by 5.5 games.
Houston beat the Dodgers 3-0 in game 1 on Tuesday. Game 2 of that series is Wednesday at 9:40 ET.
Lance McCullers Jr. was good on Tuesday. He went 6.2 innings and did not allow a run while striking out 9 batters.
Framber Valdez has been a good arm in this rotation so far. He is 7-2 with a 3.01 ERA. His last start was against the Giants on Friday where he went 5 innings and allowed 2 earned runs. The Astros won this game 9-6.
Pitching has been good for this squad and it got better when they got Kendall Graveman from Seattle. The team has an ERA of 3.70 which is the 9th best in baseball.
Their offense continues to be the best with runs scored per game. They are scoring 5.45 runs per game.
With 141 home runs hit, the Astros are 6th best in the league.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Twins are 9-19 in their last 28 games vs. the American League West.
- Twins are 3-7 in their last 10 Thursday games.
- Twins are 5-12 in their last 17 road games.
- Twins are 7-12 in their last 19 games set at 10.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Astros are 22-6 in their last 28 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
- Astros are 13-4 in their last 17 Thursday games.
- Astros are 11-5 in their last 16 games vs. a team with a losing record.
Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
The Astros have been playing well and I look for them to keep rolling against the Twins. I have very little confidence backing the Twins here.
Houston is the better team and they have done a good job this year of taking care of teams that are not good. I look for them to continue swinging the bat in this one.
The Astros clearly have the pitching advantage with Valdez on the mound. I look for him to keep up his good pitching and for Houston to hit around Jax.
I like the Astros on the run line here.
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