Astros vs Twins Prediction MLB Experts Picks 5/29

Astros vs Twins Prediction MLB Experts Picks 5/29

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Preview

The Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros are set to meet in a highly anticipated MLB matchup on May 29, 2023. Both teams have showcased their abilities this season, and as they face off, we'll dive into an extensive review of each team, analyzing their pitching, hitting, and current injury reports. Additionally, we will present our prediction.

 

Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins enter this game with a record of 27-26, sitting atop the AL Central division. Led by their standout pitcher, Sonny Gray, the Twins have shown strength on the mound. Gray boasts an impressive 4-0 record with a remarkable 1.82 ERA, displaying excellent command and the ability to shut down opposing offenses.

Offensively, the Twins have relied on Joey Gallo for power, as he leads the team with 11 home runs. Byron Buxton, despite a lower batting average, has contributed with his speed and defense. However, the team has struggled to consistently produce runs, resulting in a relatively low batting average of .230. Trevor Larnach has been a key run producer with 27 RBIs, but the Twins will need a collective effort from their lineup to overcome the formidable Astros pitching staff.

In terms of injuries, the Twins have a few players on the sidelines. Second baseman Jorge Polanco and outfielder Max Kepler are on the 10-day injured list, while shortstop Royce Lewis remains on the 60-day injured list. These absences could affect the team's offensive output but should not overshadow their overall potential.

 

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros have been performing well this season, currently sitting second in the AL West with a record of 31-21. Their pitching staff, led by J.P. France, has been solid. France holds a 1-1 record with a 3.43 ERA, showcasing his ability to keep opponents in check.

Offensively, the Astros boast one of the most potent lineups in the league. Yordan Alvarez has been a standout player, leading the team with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs. The combination of power and average has made him a force to be reckoned with. With a batting average of .291, Alvarez has been a key contributor to the team's success.

 

Prediction

Taking into account the pitching matchups, hitting performance, and the fact that both teams have struggled to consistently produce runs recently, we believe that the under of 8 runs is the best bet for this game. Both Sonny Gray and J.P. France have displayed the ability to keep opposing hitters in check, and the offenses of the Twins and Astros have shown some inconsistencies.

Additionally, the recent head-to-head matchups between these teams have seen relatively low-scoring games. Considering all these factors, we anticipate a well-pitched game with limited offensive output from both sides.

 

Pick: Under 8 runs

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