Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins 9/30/20 MLB Wild Card Picks and Prediction
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Houston Astros (29-31) at Minnesota Twins (36-24)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 1:08 pm (Target Field)
() () vs. Jose Berrios (5-4) (4.00)
The Line: Minnesota Twins / Houston Astros --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros face off on Wednesday in an MLB Wild Card showdown at Target Field.
In the first game of the series it was the Astros who scored three runs in the 9th inning and that led to them coming away with a victory.
The Minnesota Twins offense has been good this year but too often they could have been better and have left too many players on base. The Twins had the bases loaded in the first inning but they couldn’t get any runs across and after that it was clear their confidence was rocked. The bullpen had some issues but in the 9th inning it looked like they would get out of the inning without giving up any runs, but an error by Polanco at shortstop allowed the inning to continue. The Twins gave up three runs and that led to the defeat.
On the other side of this matchup is the Astros who didn’t have the best regular season, but it’s the playoffs and anything can happen. In the first game it wasn’t the prettiest game, but they kept chipping away until they finally had the runs cross the plate. Michael Brantley was the star of the show in the first game who drove in two runs. In this game the Astros need to find a way to get the offense going early or they could be in trouble.
On the mound for the Twins will be Jose Berrios who comes into this game with a 5-4 record and an ERA of 4.00. The Twins need Berrios to have a long start with the way the bullpen was used in Game 1.
The Astros are 6-20 in their last 26 road games. The under is 9-3-2 in the Astros last 14 games overall. The Twins are 0-11 in their last 11 playoff home games. The Twins are 21-6 in their last 27 home games. The Astros are 15-7 in their last 22 meetings against the Twins.
The Twins don’t have much available in the bullpen in this game, and that is going to cost them. Look for the Astros to find just enough offensive success to win this game at a very nice number.