Houston vs Minnesota MLB Game Information
The margin for error at this stage of the season is very slim, especially for those on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. The Minnesota Twins have done a great job of getting themselves right back in the hunt for the amusement of MLB betting fans, but they still find themselves losing ground to a Texas Rangers team that have hit a major hot streak. They will have a chance to keep pace when they face the Houston Astros on the road on Sunday.
Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins MLB Game Information
Date/Time: Sunday, September 06, 2015 2:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Radio: KBME 790, KLAT 1010 (Sp.)
Opening Lines: Houston -180, Minnesota +180
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The Twins (69-64) have been in a good run of form of late, but it seems that every time they lose, the Rangers, who Minnesota is chasing for the final Wild Card spot, seem to win. The Twins blew an opportunity to sweep the Chicago White Sox and make up some ground on Thursday when they let a 4-2 lead slip late on. That loss, combined with another Rangers win, saw the gap in the Wild Card race open up to a game and a half. While this series looks tough on paper, the Twins are about to face an Astros team that have not been playing very well of late.
The Twins played them just a week or so ago and were able to win 2 of the 3 games in the series. Tyler Duffey (2-1, 4.56 ERA) is unbeaten in his last 4 starts.
The Houston Astros (73-61) still have the lead atop the AL West, but it’s a lead that looks decidedly shaky right now. The Astros are having difficulty putting a run of wins together, and have seen their lead shrink to just 2 games over the Rangers. The Astros have now lost back to back series, which started with a loss to Minnesota and continued with them dropping 2 of 3 to the Seattle Mariners. It has been something of a defensive struggle of late for Houston, which is surprising given how good they have been in that department all season long.
This is a team that has been pretty consistent all year, so it’s tough to see them continue down this road for the remaining few weeks. Dallas Keuchel (16-6, 2.24 ERA) comes into this start on a 4-game unbeaten streak.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Minnesota’s last 16 games on the road
- Minnesota is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Houston
- Houston is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home
- Houston is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
The fact that Keuchel is on the mound for the Astros means that the edge swings in their favor. I’ll take Houston to get the win on Sunday.