Mike Fiers (2-1, 4.97 ERA) and Phil Hughes (1-4, 4.45 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (9-18) and the Minnesota Twins (8-19) at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 6-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 4 and can be seen on RTSW and FSN.
Fiers pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs and striking out five in a 7-4 defeat to the Athletics. Hughes went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking two in a 9-2 defeat to the Tigers in his last outing. Byung Ho Park (.250, 11 Rs, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Houston and Minnesota are Astros -150, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
Houston has won 20% (2-8) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Minnesota has won 22% (2-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Twins managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are heading in with a 5-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 6-4. The Astros have a 5-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Minnesota has earned 95 this season. Houston ranks 20th with 100 runs.
Ranking ninth, Minnesota is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 89 this season. Houston ranks in the top five with 102.
The Astros are 8-13 when they hit at least one home run. The Twins perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 6-11 record.