Houston battles Minnesota in game 2 today. The Twins beat the Astros 3-2 yesterday and have looked all year. Jose Urquidy went 5.1 innings for Houston. He gave up seven hits, one run and struck out six batters in the loss. Minnesota started Sonny Gray, who pitched 7.0 innings. Gray gave up four hits, one run, and struck out 13 batters. Can Houston bounce back today, or will Minnesota’s pitching lead them to another win?
Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Odds
Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins Key Stats
The Astros are 3-5 on the year and are 4th in the AL West standings. Mauricio Dubon was 2-4 with a run and RBI in the loss yesterday. Luis Garcia is the projected starter for today. Garcia is 0-1 on the year with a 5.40 ERA. This Astros team has struggled to start the season. They have a .235 batting average and have only hit seven HRs and 34 RBIs. The pitching is ranked 11th with a 3.75 ERA. They have given up 84 hits and 8 HRs. They have a lot of work to do if they plan on contending for another World Series title.
Minnesota is 5-2 and sits atop the AL Central. Jose Miranda was 3 for 5 with an RBI in the win yesterday. Joe Ryan is the projected starting pitcher for today. Ryan is 1-0 this year with a 1.50 ERA. He has also struck out six batters. This Minnesota team has been playing well to start the season and shows no signs of slowing down. Their pitching is ranked #1 with an ERA of 1.74. They have only given up 39 hits, 5 HRs, and 13 runs this year. The Twins are 20th in batting with a .240 BA. Their offense needs improvement, but if they can get the bats going, this is a dangerous team in the AL Central.
Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins Match Details
Fixture: Houston @ Minnesota
Date and Time: April 8, 2023, @ 2:10 pm EST
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Astros just haven’t been playing that well. Minnesota’s pitching has been on fire, and it is hard to bet against that. The Twins struggle at the plate, and that worries me. But when your pitchers are doing a good job, you don’t need many hits a game to secure the win. Houston’s pitching has been sketchy to start the year, and Minnesota should be able to produce enough runs to get the win.
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