Dallas Keuchel (2-3, 4.41 ERA) and the Houston Astros (8-17) meet Jose Berrios (0-1, 11.25 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (7-18) in the first of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 2 and will air on RTSW and FSN.
In his last start, Keuchel pitched 6.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out five and walking two in an 11-1 loss to the Mariners. Jose Altuve (.306, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Twins were also unsuccessful the last time Berrios pitched. He struggled, going 4.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out five and walking two in a 6-5 loss to the Indians. Oswaldo Arcia (.255, 4 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
The odds are Houston -185 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
In their last game, the Twins lost by a margin of one run. The Astros are 3-4 in one-run games. The Twins have a 4-7 record in close games.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Twins have a 1-3 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 2-15. The Astros have a 2-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 21 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 with 30.
Ranking 26th, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.52 per game. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 14th with 8.36.
Ranking 22nd, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.693). Houston ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .720.
When the Twins allow at least one home run, they are 4-12. When the Astros allow one or more homers, they have a 5-13 record.