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#920 Houston Astros -140
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 8:10pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon

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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.

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).

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Pineda is 3-3 with a 4.40 ERA in seven career appearances against the Astros and has been roughed up by Carlos Correa (7-for-13, three homers), George Springer (6-for-17, two), and Jose Altuve (6-for-16). Miley has been solid in 2019 and this team is too good to continue struggling. Minnesota is 0-4 in its last four at Houston. The Astros are 7-3 in their last 10 against right-handed starters, 47-20 in their last 67 that are the second in a series, 13-4 in their last 17 on Tuesdays, and 12-3 in the last 15 meetings between the two teams.

Prediction: Houston Astros

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Houston right fielder Josh Reddick has recorded three three-hit performances in his last five games, going 11-for-21 during this stretch. Minnesota’s Jason Castro went deep in the series opener and C.J. Cron belted a two-run double as Minnesota racked up 12 hits during its victory. The over is 4-1 in the Twins’ last five on the road and 5-1 in their last six against left-handed starters. It is also 10-2 in the Astros’ last 12 at home against opponents with road winning percentages over .600 and 3-1-1 in the Astros’ last five against the American League Central. It is also Look for this one to go over the total.

Prediction: Over

Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.