Houston vs. Minnesota,
05/02/2019 13:10 EDT,
Score: 2 - 8
Total: -119/+8½ Under
*3 Star MLB Early Bird Special* The Minnesota Twins host the Houston Astros in an early game to finish off their series on Thursday afternoon.
Jose Berrios starts for the home team. Many pitchers have numbers that are a decent amount better at home than on the road. Berrios has some of the most drastic home/road splits in the majors. Berrios has a sparkling 1.085 WHIP at home. His road WHIP is 1.422. His WHIP at home was 0.972 last year. It is 0.738 in three starts at home this year. Berrios has great stuff, and he is able to induce a lot of soft contact as well.
I think Brad Peacock is an underrated pitcher. He has several good pitches and is able to command them all. Peacock is coming off a great start against the Indians. He's backed by an elite bullpen. The Astros rank first in the majors in bullpen FIP so far this year.
This is a get away day game and that often means a key player or two are out of the lineup.
Doug Eddings is behind the plate here, and he has the single highest percentage of strikes called of all umpires in the majors in the past five years.
Take the under.