MLB Baseball: Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros – Sunday July 16, 2017

by | Jul 16, 2017 | Baseball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
Date & Time: Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 2:10 PM ET
M/L Spread: MINN +164 | HOU -183
Total: 9.5
Quick Pick: Twins vs. Astros Over 9.5 for 4 Units

The Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros will wrap up a 3 game set on Sunday afternoon from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  This is the 2nd series of the year between the Twins and Astros.

In the first series of the season, the Astros swept the Twins 3-0.  The Astros kicked off this series on Friday with a 10-5 win over the Twins. In game 2 of the series, the Twins came out and defeated the Astros for the first time this year by the score of 4-2.  In the 5 games this year between the Twins and Astros, the Astros have scored a total of 52 runs!  The last 13 times that these two teams have played each other, the game has gone over in 9 out of 13 times.

Twins Looking To Carry Over Momentum

The Minnesota Twins are 46-44 and are in 2nd place in the American League Central Division. They are currently 2.5 games behind the first place Cleveland Indians. The Twins have gone 5-5 over their last 10 games and are 13-12 this year against teams from the American League West Division.

The Twins will go with Kyle Gibson in the final game of the series on Sunday. Gibson is 5-7 on the year and has a 6.31 ERA. Gibson has been tagged for 106 hits in only 81.1 innings. Gibson has not faced the Astros this year but has not fared well against teams with high powered offenses.

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Astros Hold Best Record In American League

The Houston Astros have the best record in the American League and are 16.5 games in the lead in the American League West Division. They are 61-30 overall and are very good at home with a 28-19 record at home. They have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games overall.

The Astros have the best run differential in the American League with +167. They have scored 537 runs and only allowed 370 runs this season. They have the #1 offense and the 3rd best pitching staff in the American League.

Mike Fiers will get the nod for the Astros. He has faced the Twins once already this year, coming out on the winning side by the score 7-2. Fiers went 6 innings, allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs. In his last 8 games, he has only allowed 1 home run.

Expect A Slugfest In Houston

Both of these pitchers have a tendency to let up a ton of hits. Fiers has been much better lately but in the beginning of the year, he was getting pounded on a weekly basis. I think this total should be around 10.5-11 and currently, it is only set at 9.5. Fiers has a 3.84 ERA and Gibson has a 6.31 ERA. If you add those two numbers together, we are looking at 10.15, not 9.5! This one goes over and I will lay 4 Units on it.
Pick: Astros vs. Twins Over 9.5 for 4 Units

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