Collin McHugh (2-3, 6.65 ERA) and Alex Meyer (0-0, 18.00 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (8-18) and the Minnesota Twins (8-18) at Minute Maid Park. The Twins won the last game 6-2, and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 3 and can be seen on RTSW and FSN.
McHugh pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking one in a 7-4 win over the Mariners. Jose Altuve (.301, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday. Meyer went 1.0 inning, surrendering two runs, striking out one and walking one in a 9-2 defeat to the Tigers in his most recent start. Byung Ho Park (.250, 10 Rs, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Twins, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
The odds for Houston and Minnesota are Astros -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Twins have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
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 six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are heading in with a 2-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 5-3. The Twins have a 6-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Houston and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Houston sits at 21st with 94 runs this season and Minnesota ranks 25th with 91.
Ranking 10th, Minnesota is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 87 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 98.
The Astros are 7-13 when they hit at least one home run. The Twins perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 6-10 record.