Game: Minnesota Twins vs Houston Astros
Date: Monday, May 29, 2023
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+100) Houston (-120)
Minute Maid Park is where the Houston Astros (30-21) will compete against the Minnesota Twins (27-26) on Monday. The moneyline on this game has the Twins at +100 while the Astros open at -120. The over/under is 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Sonny Gray and J.P. France.
The Twins have earned 83 doubles as a squad and have hit 72 baseballs out of the stadium. Minnesota has a slugging % of .410 and have struck out 519 times, while being walked on 183 occasions. As a unit, the Minnesota Twins are putting up 4.6 runs/g, which ranks them 12th in the league. They have accounted for 227 RBI’s in addition to 406 base knocks this year, while their average at the plate is at .231. They have earned a total of 240 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .313.
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Their K/BB ratio is 3.27 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.19. Twins pitchers have conceded 50 long balls and also 195 total runs (2nd in the league). Minnesota has given up 397 base knocks (7.6 per 9 innings) and also 180 earned runs. The Twins have compiled a team ERA of 3.46 on the season (2nd in the league), and the staff has struck out 516 batters. They have walked 158 players from the other team and their FIP is 3.55 as a squad for the year.
The Twins relievers have earned a save rate of 52.2% and has stepped onto the mound in 54 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 46 base runners this season with 30.4% of those runners crossed the plate. Twins bullpen pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 37 times in addition to having 57 appearances in high leverage situations. The Twins have sent 156 relief pitchers to the mound so far this season. The relievers have 31 holds for the season (7th in the league). They have accumulated 12 saves on the year and have blown 11 out of their 23 save chances.
The Minnesota Twins have a total of 1,404 putouts for the season, in addition to 383 assists and 32 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .982 which has them sitting 25th in professional baseball, and have accumulated 31 double plays. The Twins have transformed 69.6% of baseballs in play into outs out of 4,212 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 13th in MLB.
Gray (94-77 career mark) holds a FIP of 3.61 and he has gone up against 6,000 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. He has surrendered 1,236 base hits (7.7 hits per 9 innings) and has 510 free passes. His earned run average is 3.50 (560 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.211. Gray has taken the hill for 1,441 innings and has tallied 1,404 K’s during his MLB career.
Houston has 46 HRs for the season and 214 runs batted in. They have recorded 86 doubles, while taking a walk 158 times as well as racking up 224 runs. The Houston Astros have compiled a team OBP of .314 and a team batting average of .244 so far this season. The Astros have a slugging percentage of .380 and they tally 4.39 runs per game (19th in MLB). They have been rung up on 409 occasions (25th in baseball) and have earned 416 hits.
The Astros are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.174 with a FIP of 3.67 as a team so far this season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 9.80 (494 strikeouts vs 138 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 1st in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 393. They have conceded 53 homers and they give up 3.58 runs per 9 innings (1st in the league). The Houston pitching staff have allowed 180 runs on the campaign while having a team ERA of 3.20 (161 earned runs allowed).
Houston has had relief pitchers take the mound in 20 save chances and they have tallied 15 saves. They rank 3rd in baseball with a save percentage of 75.0%, and they have sent 157 relief pitchers onto the field on the year. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 42 times in high leverage situations in addition to 24 occasions with runners on base. Houston relievers have an inherited score rate of 26.2% out of 42 inherited base runners. Sitting with 45 save situations, the Astros have 24 holds in addition to 5 blown saves.
The Houston Astros have gotten 41 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .989 (6th in professional baseball). The Astros have recorded 419 assists, 19 errors and have notched a total of 1,358 putouts this year. In 4,074 innings on the field, the Astros have a defensive efficiency of 69.6% (14th in pro baseball).
So far in his MLB career, France has allowed 20 hits while he has tallied 18 K’s in 21 innings pitched. He has surrendered a total of 8 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.190 and being the owner of a FIP of 5.5. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.60 and he has gone up against 89 hitters in his pro baseball career. France (1-1 career win-loss mark) holds a 3.43 earned run average while allowing 8.6 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight’s MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald’s Pick: Take Houston (-120)
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