The Minnesota Twins are doing their best to stay within striking distance of the Cleveland Indians. It’s going to be a uphill battle, though, as the Indians certainly have the upper-hand in the talent department. Nevertheless, they’re only 1.5 games back of the Indians so they are right there. As long as if they hold steady, the Twins may be able to take advantage of a slip-up by the Indians. The AL Central is there for the taking for either the Indians, Twins, or Royals. Don’t discount the Royals who may be 44-45 but are only 3 games out of 1st place. That right there sums up how bad the AL Central has been in 2017.
While the AL Central usually doesn’t have the pizazz of other divisions, the results don’t lie. The Tigers, Royals, and Indians have all been to the World Series within the last ten years. The Indians quietly went about their business last season and just about won it all against the Chicago Cubs. Minnesota are doing the same, but they have an uphill battle regardless. The pitching is really nothing to get excited about, and if they do happen to reach the postseason, the lack of talent in the rotation will do them in.
The trade deadline is approaching, though, and we’ll see if the Twins make a run at improving their pitching staff. The Twins will more than likely be buyers but in what capacity is yet to be seen. Minnesota take on the Houston Astros to conclude their weekend series. The Twins got a big win last night to move to 46-44. It’s a much needed win to keep pace with the Indians, and it can turn into a confident booster for a team like the Twins. The Astros are still feeling good though, as the loss doesn’t put much of a dent in their 61-win record. I hope you all had a good weekend, let’s finish it off with a winning MLB pick.
Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros Pick
Kyle Gibson (5-7, 6.31 ERA) vs. Mike Fiers (5-4, 3.84 ERA)
The Astros have been a powerhouse offense this season. They were tamed last night by the Twins, but for the greater part of the first-half they were racking the runs up with ease. On Friday, the Astros put up 10 on the board to win a 10-5 game, before the Twins picked up a 4-2 win on Saturday. So, this is the rubber match on Sunday. Kyle Gibson will start for the Twins, a guy who they’d really like to replace in the rotation. He hasn’t done any good, and is becoming more of a black hole in this part of the rotation.
Gibson holds a 6.31 ERA and hasn’t done his best to improve on that number this season. In his last three outings, Gibson pitched a 6.61 ERA and 1.53 WHIP, which is fairly consistent with the way his year has been going. The Astros are 1st with regards to runs scored per game in the majors. Mike Fiers has been adequate for the ‘Stros, but they would love to add a big arm to the rotation for the rest of the journey in 2017. Fiers has made his money at home in Houston this season, where he boasts an ERA of 2.89, compared to a 4.79 ERA on the road. He allowed just 5 hits and 2 runs in his last outing against the Twins on May 30th. I like the Astros to bounce back after yesterday’s defeat and pick up a convincing victory on Sunday.
PICK: ASTROS -1.5 (+100)