The Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins will resume a three-game series when they square off at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Tuesday night. Minnesota took the opener on Monday for its fourth win in a row. The Astros’ setback dropped them to 13-9 for the season.
Twins killing it
The Twins look to extend their season-high winning streak to five games when they visit the Astros on Tuesday for the middle contest of their three-game set. They have scored 35 runs during their four-game surge, with the latest productive outing being Monday’s 9-5 victory in the series opener. Jorge Polanco went 4-for-5 with a homer and a season-best four RBIs to raise his batting average to .392. Right fielder Max Kepler (1-for-3, two walks) and reliever Blake Parker (one scoreless inning) each returned Monday from three-game absences due to stomach illnesses.
Right-hander Michael Pineda (2-1, 5.30 ERA) is taking the mound for Minnesota on Tuesday. Pineda was torched for six runs and seven hits–including two homers–in 3.2 innings while losing to Toronto in his most recent outing. The 30-year-old has recorded 16 strikeouts and issued just three walks in 18.2 over four starts.
Uncharacteristic pitching struggles
Houston has allowed 29 runs during its three-game losing streak and has dropped four of its last five contests. Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer and Michael Brantley added a solo shot during Monday’s setback.
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Wade Miley (1-2, 3.32 ERA) will oppose Pineda on Tuesday. The left-hander lost to Oakland in his last start, when he gave up two runs and four hits over 6.0 innings. He has lost both times in which he has lasted 6.0 innings this season, and his shortest outing is 4.0 innings. Miley is 1-0 with a 5.59 ERA in two career tries against the Twins and has struggled to retire former Astro Marwin Gonzalez (7-for-15, one homer).
The Minnesota Twins are:
- 7-20 in their last 27 games against the American League West
- 6-16 in their last 22 road games against teams with home winning percentages over .600
- 1-5 in their last six road games against left-handed starters
The Houston Astros are:
- 45-21 in their last 66 overall
- 19-7 in their last 26 home games
- 39-16 in their last 55 games against the American League Central