Astros vs Twins Prediction - MLB Picks 4/8/23

Minnesota Twins (5-2) vs Houston Astros (3-5)

Game Info: Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)

Joe Ryan (1-0) (1.50) vs Luis Garcia (0-1) (5.40)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Twins -105 / Houston Astros -115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros will play the Minnesota Twins in Game 2 of their series on Saturday afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Astros Preview

The Houston Astros are 3-5 this season after they lost Game 1 of this series by a score of 3-2 in 10 innings. Prior to the Game 1 loss, Houston lost two out of three games to the Detroit Tigers. The Houston pitching staff has a 3.75 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP, and a .279 opponent batting average this year. The Astros offense has scored 36 runs with a .235 batting average and a .325 on base percentage. Yordan Alvarez is batting .320 with two home runs and 10 RBI’s for the Astros. The projected starting pitcher for Houston is Luis Garcia, who is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP over 5.0 innings pitched this season.

Twins Preview

The Minnesota Twins are 5-2 this season, but lost two out of three games to Miami prior to their Game 1 win in this series. The Minnesota pitching staff has a 1.74 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and a .181 opponent batting average. The Twins offense has scored 27 runs with a .244 batting average and a .308 on base percentage this year. Trevor Larnach is batting .333 with one home run and six RBI’s for the Twins. The projected starting pitcher for Minnesota is Joe Ryan, who is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP over 6.0 innings pitched this season. 

Trends

Houston is 7-0 in their last 7 Saturday games and 5-1 in their last 6 game one’s of a series. The over is 6-1 in Houston’s last 7 games. Minnesota is 5-2 in their last 7 games and 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games. The under is 28-10-5 in Minnesota’s last 43 games against the AL West. Houston is 6-1 in these two teams last 7 head to head meetings. 

Pick

Minnesota has started this season playing very well and they have one of the best pitching staffs to start the year. The Twins will start Joe Ryan in this game, who allowed one run to Kansas City over 6.0 innings pitched in his first start. Houston will turn to Luis Garcia, who allowed three runs over 5.0 innings pitched against the White Sox. I think we are going to see a pitching duel here, so I like the under in this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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