The Houston Astros will host the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday with both teams looking to take the finale of their three-game set after splitting the first two games to kick off the new week. With Houston looking to hold it down at home and Minnesota looking to keep up their surprisingly solid lay so far this season, let’s find out which team is offering the best value in the MYBookie MLB sportsbook in this affair.
Twins vs Astros MLB Week 4 Lines & Game Preview
Poured it on late.Rubber match tomorrow night. #TakeItBack pic.twitter.com/kAbAHF9zxc — Houston Astros (@astros) April 24, 2019
- When: Wednesday April 24, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
- Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
- TV: FS-North
- Opening MLB Odds: Twins +205 / Astros -255
- Starting Pitchers: Stewart vs Verlander
Why Bet On Minnesota
The Twins had won four straight until suffering a humbling 10-4 loss to Houston on Tuesday, so they’ll be motivated to get back in the win column in this affair. Eddie Rosario smacked his his 10th home run of the year and added three RBI, but it wasn’t nearly enough on Tuesday as starting pitcher Michael Pineda gave up four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings to get saddled with the loss. For this contest, Minnesota will hand the ball to right-hander Kohl Stewart who will make his season debut in this affair. The 24-year-old went 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 24 strikeouts last season. This will be Stewart’s first career start against Houston
- Runs/G: 5.71
- Hits /G: 9.38
- Walks /G: 3.05
- Strike Outs /G: 7.19
- Runs/G: 4.86
- Hits /G: 8.57
- Walks /G: 3.62
- Strike Outs /G: 8.33
Why Bet On HoustonThe Astros snapped a modest two-game skid while putting 10 runs on the board on Tuesday and they’ll be motivated to get the sweep to improve on their uninspiring 2-3 mark over their last five games. The Astros saw their bats heat up in Game 2 as Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman each had three RBI and Altuve, the 2017 AL MVP winner, smacked a home run.
For this contest, Houston will turn to future Hall of Fame right-hander Justin Verlander. The Astros’ staff ace has limited the opposition to just one earned run in each of his last two starts and comes into this matchup off a seven-inning gem in which he limited Texas to one run on three hits while striking out eight in a 7-2 win over the Rangers. Verlander has gone 24-9 in 44 regular-season starts since joining the Astros late in the 2017 campaign.
- Runs/G: 4.91
- Hits /G: 9.48
- Walks /G: 3.78
- Strike Outs /G: 7.39
- Runs/G: 3.96
- Hits /G: 6.74
- Walks /G: 2.43
- Strike Outs /G: 9.30
Twins vs Astros MLB Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games.
- Minnesota are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
- Minnesota are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Houston.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games.
- Houston are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games against Minnesota.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Look, with Houston turning to their staff ace Justin Verlander in this one, I think Minnesota’s chances of getting the upset are slim to none.
While the Twins have gone 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 19-8 in their last 27 games overall but Minnesota is also just 7-17 in their last 24 road games against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600 and 6-20 in their last 26 games against teams from the American League West.
Houston has gone a robust 20-7 in their last 27 home games and a bankroll-boosting 55-22 in their last 77 home games against a right-handed starter. The Astros are also 7-1 in Justin Verlander’s last 8 starts against a team with a winning record and 5-1 in Verlander’s last 6 home starts.
Keep it simple and back the Astros to get the win behind a dominant performance from Justin Verlander.
Pick: Houston 6 Minnesota 1