The Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins meet in Minnesota at Target Field for their last series in May. The season keeps on chugging along, as we are days away from the start of June. In other words, we are a long time away from postseason baseball, but come October we’ll be asking ourselves where the season went.
The Astros are on pace to erase the dirty taste they had in their mouths from last season. They went in to the season with plenty of hope and promise, but went out like a lamb, failing to reach the postseason as they watched a year go to waste.
Houston has responded quite nicely thus far in 2017. They’re currently 35-16 and have a whopping 10 game lead in the AL West. Consider we are not even out of the month of May yet, it’s an impressive feat for the Astros.
They are 2 games up overall in the majors over the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies? Yes, the Rockies. The Astros took offense to their dreary performance in 2016 and are coming on hard to make up for those failures.
The rotation has been strong as a rock for the Astros. It’s making the difference for them. They can’t just rely on Dallas Keuchel, and in 2017 they are getting production from multiple angles. Houston are hoping that Brad Peacock can add some ammunition to their arsenal, too.
Peacock has spent time in the bullpen this season, but is getting another chance to be a starter. He appeared in just 10 games last season, including 5 starts. Peacock posted a 3.69 ERA during that time. The Astros are hoping for a breakout campaign, and if he can keep a steady hand at this current pace, Peacock will most certainly achieve it. The ageless one Ervin Santana will go opposite Peacock Monday night. Get our free Astros vs. Twins pick at The Sports Geek.
Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins Pick
Brad Peacock (2-0, 0.87 ERA) vs Ervin Santana (7-2, 1.80 ERA)
Santana is keeping his career alive, and doing a good job of extending it into the future. He’s been a critical point of success for the Twins this season, and is a large reason why they are playing top baseball in the AL Central. Santana boasts an impressive record of 7-2, with an overall ERA of 1.80 and 0.83 WHIP. In three of his last five starts, he allowed 0 runs, including a 1.96 ERA in his last three outings. He had back-to-back starts against the Astros back in 2015 and he dished out 15 innings of work with only 1 run allowed.
Peacock only has 1 start this season, the rest of his work has been out of the bullpen. However, he’s been flawless in every challenge. In 20.2 innings of work, Peacock has posted an ERA of 0.87 and a 0.97 WHIP. He got a start against the Tigers a few days ago, and allowed no runs and only 1 hit in 4.1 innings. The total in this game is a bit baffling, but it’s too tough to ignore here. At 9, I like this one to go UNDER the posted total.
PICK: UNDER 9 (-120)