The Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros will meet on Wednesday with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 pm ET. The game takes place at Minute Maid Park in Houston and will only be available on local television or through a subscription to MLB.tv. Framber Valdez (12-4, 2.72 ERA) will take the mound for Houston, and Dylan Bundy (7-5, 4.60 ERA) will pitch for Minnesota.
The Twins (62-59) are coming off a two-run loss last night to Justin Verlander and the Astros. An argument between Twins pitcher Aarón Sánchez and Astros second baseman José Altúvé cleared the benches and led to the ejection of Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli. Despite the Twins’ near .500 record, they are only 3.0 games behind the leader of the AL Central.
The Astros (79-45) sit comfortably atop the American League West. Two-time Cy Young winner Verlander has posted a 16-3 record so far this season, and Houston ranks eighth in the MLB in runs per game (4.59). Valdez is also heating up, posting a 4-1 record in his last five starts.
Twins vs. Astros
pitchers: Dylan Bundy vs. Framber Valdez
first pitch: 8:10 p.m. Eastern Time
Local transmission of twins: North Bally Sports
Astros local broadcast: AT&T SportsNet-Southwest
live broadcast: MLB.tv (subscription)
Odds, picks and predictions
running line: Astros -1.5 (-105)
run full: 7.5
money line fees: Astros -230, Twins +195
money line selection: Astros -230
The pitching mismatch might be too much to overlook with Valdez taking the mound (the Astros’ LHP made 20 straight quality starts last week) and after the Twins struggled through six hitless innings last night, I don’t see much. potential with a Minnesota pick, even with Houston’s small payout.
Player Prop Selection: Framber Valdez to earn a win (-110)
Valdez has earned the victory in three consecutive starts and in five of his last six. With Minnesota’s lackluster performance on Tuesday, Valdez appears poised for another strong outing and should walk away with his 13th win of the season.
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