Astros vs Twins Prediction - MLB Picks 4/7/23

Minnesota Twins (4-2) vs Houston Astros (3-4)

Game Info: Friday, April 7, 2023 at 4:10 pm (Target Field)

Sonny Gray (1-0) (0.00) vs Jose Urquidy (0-0) (6.75)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Twins -116 / Houston Astros -111 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Houston Astros will head to the Twin Cities to begin a weekend series with the Minnesota Twins from Target Field. Houston swept Minnesota twice last season, and impressively covered in each win.

Astros Betting Preview

Houston enters at 3-4 after avoiding a home sweep to Detroit. The Astros dropped the first two games, but they cleaned things up with a six-run win on Wednesday, 8-2. The Houston offense is scoring 4.85 runs per game, while batting .248, with a .342 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.02 ERA, with a 1.37 WHIP. The Astros are loaded once again offensively, even with Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley on the shelf. Yordan Alvarez leads the team in batting average (.348) and RBI (10). Newcomer Jose Abreu (.345) has recorded a hit in each of the first seven games. 

Jose Urquidy (0-0, 6.75 ERA, 5 Ks) will get the road start for Houston. The fifth-year pitcher struggled in his season debut versus Chicago, giving up seven hits in just four innings of work, and he’ll look to regain his 2022 form here.

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Twins Betting Preview

Minnesota moved to 4-2 after losing to Miami. The Twins let the Marlins pull away with a big eighth inning, and they’d fall by three, 5-2. The Minnesota offense is scoring 4.00 runs per game, while batting .239, with a .342 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 1.90 ERA, with a 0.96 WHIP. Joey Gallo leads the team in homers (3) and RBI (7) after a pair of big games versus Miami and KC. Look for Carlos Correa to get going against his former team this weekend.

Sonny Gray (1-0, 0.00, 4 Ks) will take the mound for Minnesota. The tenth-year pitcher was solid in season debut, tossing five shutout innings versus Kansas City, and earning the victory. Gray was steady at home last season, posting a 4-2 record with a 2.66 ERA. 

Houston vs Minnesota Trends

Houston is 3-4 against the spread this season, with a 6-1 over/under record. Minnesota is 5-1 ATS, with a 2-3-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

This series should see some fireworks with both squads possessing firepower within their lineup. Neither starter pitcher presents an imposing threat, and I think we could see some runs in game one. Houston will be hungry to avenge the home series loss to Detroit, so their bats should come in active, while the Twins will be looking to avenge a pair of losses themselves. Take the over for this contest.

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