Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros MLB Odds Pick
This is the time of the year when teams can start to get a little distracted by what’s going on in other ball parks. This is especially true if they are in the thick of a playoff battle, and the outcomes of other games can affect their standings. The Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins are both in that position, and they will need to keep their minds on the task at hand when they hook up in Houston on Friday night to kick off a 3-game MLB betting series.
Inside Look at the Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros MLB Odds Pick & Game Info
Date: Friday, September 04, 2015
Venue: Minute Maid Park
Opening Line: Houston -165
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The Houston Astros (73-61) are suddenly starting to look a little fragile, and you can bet that they are starting to hear the Texas Rangers making a charge behind them in the AL West. The lead is down to just 2 games right now, and a loss in this series could really upset the apple cart for the Astros. That is because the Twins are also making a big move, and it may end up being one of the three teams mentioned here who miss out on the playoffs entirely.
The Astros have lost back to back series against the Twins and the Mariners, the latter of which was very surprising given that it happened at Minute Maid Park, where Houston is usually very strong. They would love to get a win in this game so that they can relax a little for the final two. Collin McHugh (14-7, 3.92 ERA) managed to snap a 3-game winless streak with a solid outing against the Yankees in his last start.
The Minnesota Twins (69-63) are not just back in the Wild Card race, they may end up in control of it if they continue to play as well as they have been recently. As sweep at the hand of the Yankees in the middle of August made it seem as though the season might be over for the Twins, but they have responded by winning the next 4 series, and going 10-2 in the process. As I write, they have a lead against the Chicago White Sox that would mean yet another sweep, as well as another step closer to that elusive Wild Card spot. It is actually the division leading Astros who are looking like the odd man out at the moment as both the Rangers and twins are playing great ball and picking up wins. Mike Pelfrey (6-8, 3.85 ERA) will get the start for the Twins.
Key Online MLB Betting Trends
Minnesota is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Houston’s last 23 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 8 games at home
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
It’s tough to imagine that the Houston Astros will continue to play poorly on their home field, as they have made it something of a fortress this season. This should be a close series, and I think the Astros get the win on Friday.