MLB Betting Preview: Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins – Monday April 9, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
Date + Time (ET): Monday April 9 @ 8:10 PM ET
Moneyline: HOU -162, MIN +152
Over/Under Total: 8.5
Quick Pick: HOU -162
The Astros are the best team in baseball, and will hold that title until somebody beats them in the postseason. As SI predicted in 2014, they won the 2017 World Series and are showing no signs of slowing down here in 2018. They are here to stay.
Minnesota surprised us all with an appearance in last year’s wild card game, but it will take a lot more wins this year to repeat that feat. They have some solid offensive pieces, but lack starting pitching, and with Ervin Santana out, matters are just hurt.
Houston Astros (8-2)
They lost Carlos Beltran to retirement, but kept almost their entire offensive core from a year ago. This is a Tier 1 team in today’s MLB and they feature dominant hitters from the top to the bottom of the lineup. It’s unbelievably impressive how well this team was put together.
Justin Verlander will take the mound for his third start of the 2018 season. He lasted 5 and 2/3 innings against the Orioles on Tuesday, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) and 6 hits, while striking out 9. He has been on another level since being acquired from Detroit last year and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Another big start is coming.
Minnesota Twins (4-3)
Joe Mauer and Eduardo Escobar have been swinging very hot bats to begin the season while Brian Dozier has been launching home run after home run. They’re doing a very solid job limiting opponents scoring opportunities while they’re doing a decent enough job scoring runs for themselves. Minnesota is doing as well as they can to this point in the season.
They will be sending Jake Odorizzi to the mound for his third start of the 2018 season. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits in 4 and 1/3 innings against the Pirates on Wednesday, while walking 3 and striking out 2. Odorizzi and Lance Lynn were brought in to improve this starting rotation, and they have to do so in order to lead this team to victories.
Defending champs beat the Twins
It’s hard to foresee the Astros losing any games, even over the course of such a ling season. Odorizzi will have his hands full all night long while the Twins offense won’t be able to score enough runs. Wherever Logan Morrison goes, he is generally awful in his first week with his new team. He is just 1-19 for the Twins.
I can’t see Minnesota getting the W. Advantage, Houston.
Pick: HOU -162