Astros vs Twins Prediction - MLB Picks 4/9/23

Minnesota Twins (6-2) vs Houston Astros (3-6)

Game Info: Sunday, April 9, 2023 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)

Tyler Mahle (1-0) (1.80) vs Hunter Brown (0-0) (7.71)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Twins +105 / Houston Astros -135 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins will close their three-game set this Sunday from Target Field. Minnesota has won both meetings, and outscored Houston, 12-8.

Astros Betting Preview

Houston enters at 3-6 after losing to Minnesota yesterday. The Astros have uncharacteristically dropped five of their last six games, and they’ll look to turn things around here. The Houston offense is scoring 4.66 runs per game, while batting .235, with a .325 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.75 ERA, with a 1.40 WHIP. The Astros are loaded once again offensively, even with Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley on the shelf. Newcomer Jose Abreu has recorded a hit in each of the first nine games and leads the team in batting average (.333). Yordan Alvarez leads the team in RBI (10).

Hunter Brown (0-0, 7.71 ERA, 5 Ks) will get the road start for Houston. The rookie pitcher will look to avenge a rough season debut versus Detroit after giving up four runs in less than five innings of work. 

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Twins Betting Preview

Minnesota moved to 6-2 after defeating Houston on Saturday. The Twins used a big eighth inning to down the defending champions, and they’ll look to complete the sweep here. The Minnesota offense is scoring 4.37 runs per game, while batting .244, with a .308 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 1.74 ERA, with a 0.92 WHIP. Byron Buxton broke through versus the Astros with his first homer of the season, and he leads the Twins in batting average (.333). 

Tyler Mahle (1-0, 1.80, 7 Ks) will take the mound for Minnesota. The seventh-year pitcher looked good in his first start of the season in Miami, tossing seven strikeouts in five innings, while only allowing just one run.  

Houston vs Minnesota Trends

Houston is 4-5 against the spread this season, with a 7-2 over/under record. Minnesota is 6-2 ATS, with a 3-4-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Houston’s in a funk early on, and I’m unsure if they get back on track versus a streaking Minnesota team. Now it’d be foolish to write off the defending champions, the Twins have been the stronger squad here in the early going. Spot Minnesota the runs for this AL matchup. 

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Corey’s Pick Minnesota +1.5

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