The weekend ends with 15 games around Major League Baseball, and all 15 will close down the series. We will take a closer look at two matchups that attracted our attention and could bring some nice wages.
The Houston Astros (48-23) will try to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays (25-45) in a three-game series at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Astros routed the Blue Jays 15-2 in the opener and 7-2 in the middle contest last night.
Houston won 14 of its last 19 meetings with Toronto at home and seven of its last ten contests overall. On the other side, Toronto won just two of its last 11 games on the road and four of its last 17 outings.
The Astros will start Brad Peacock, while the Blue Jays will counter with rookie Trent Thornton. Peacock is 6-3 in 12 starts this season, recording a 3.42 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP, while the Astros won six of their last seven games with Peacock on the mound. Also, Peacock is 3-0 in three starts and three relief appearances versus Toronto.
Thornton is 1-5 in 14 starts, tallying a 4.78 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, and the Blue Jays lost nine games during that 14-game span. The Astros have an advantage on the mound and are playing in a much better form than the Blue Jays, so take the hosts to cover at -115 odds (1.86).
The Minnesota Twins (47-22) will look to sweep the Kansas City Royals after a couple of narrow wins over the last two days. The Twins barely won the opener 2-0 thanks to Mitch Garner’s home run in the eighth inning, while they overcame a three-run deficit in a 5-4 victory last night.
The Twins won ten of their last 12 games at home, while the Royals lost nine of their previous ten showings on the road. Also, the Twins defeated the Royals five times in a row and are 8-1 in the last nine head-to-head matchups at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Jakob Junis will get the starting nod for the Royals, while Martin Perez will toe the slab for the hosts. Junis is 4-6 in 14 starts this term, recording a 5.35 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. The Royals lost ten of his previous 14 starts away from home.
On the other side, Perez is 7-2 in 11 starts and three relief appearances, and the lefty posted a 3.97 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. The Royals lost 13 of their 19 contests versus the left-handed starting pitcher this season, so the Twins should grab another victory today. Take them to cover at +100 odds (2.00).