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Houston vs. Minnesota,
05/01/2019 20:10 EDT,
Score: 2 - 6
Total: -105/+9 Over
8* Over Astros/Twins (8:05 ET): This is the ESPN game for Wednesday night. I had Houston last night as they rolled to an easy 11-0 win behind Gerrit Cole, who allowed just one hit over seven innings. Meanwhile, Houston's offense gave Cole more than enough support, including three home runs. To have any chance at winning tonight's rubber match, the Twins must "up" the offense here as they've managed just 1 run in two games vs. Astros pitching. Fortunately for them, they won't have to deal with either Cole or Justin Verlander anymore. Take the Over in this one.
Minnesota had won four straight going into yday. They were lucky to beat Houston 1-0 on Monday, thanks to a marvelous outing from Jake Odorizzi, who outdueled Verlander. But offense has been a problem in the series as the Twins have not only scored just the one run, but they've managed only six hits! But like I already said, they're done facing the top two pitchers in the Houston rotation. Tonight, they'll face Collin McHugh, who has a 7.20 ERA his L3 starts. Now, as was the case w/ Cole yday, McHugh's ERA is inflated by one terrible start in the Texas series. He gave up 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings in Arlington, but has been pretty good otherwise. Still, he's no Verlander or Cole.
McHugh has pitched well in the past vs. Minnesota (2.86 ERA in 7 career appearances), but this Twins team still averages 5.2 rpg. McHugh did allow three solo home runs in his last start, the only runs he gave up, so he's not entirely "out of the woods" yet. Minnesota will counter here w/ Martin Perez, who has won B2B starts, but those were both against lowly Baltimore. Perez doesn't exactly have impressive strikeout numbers and this will easily be the strongest lineup he's faced so far this season. 8* Over Astros/Twins