Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins 4-8-2023

Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins 4/8/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins 4/8/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Houston Astros will go against the Minnesota Twins in MLB action in Target Field, MN, on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 2:10 PM ET. The Houston Astros’ 2022 World Series title defense got off to a sluggish start.


The Astros had a poor home record to start the season, going just 3-4 in series against the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox.


After Jose Altuve, their longstanding leadoff hitter had an injury in the World Baseball Classic that will keep him out of action for at least the first couple of months of the season, Houston had to make adjustments with a new lineup to open the season.


With seven home runs entering this series, the Astros are hitting.248. Perennial all-star Alex Bregman and World Series MVP Jeremy Peña, two essential members of the Astros offense, are batting a combined.169, and Bregman is still without a home run or RBI.


In game one of the series against the Twins on Friday afternoon, the Astros were defeated 3-2 in 10 innings. Just five hits and 16 strikeouts were recorded by the Astros’ batters during the defeat.


On Saturday afternoon, righty Garcia of the Astros will make his second start of the year. Garcia suffered the defeat in a 6-3 loss against the White Sox after pitching five innings and allowing seven hits and three runs.


Garcia had a 1-1 record with a 4.15 ERA in four starts in April of last year. Garcia made 13 starts while on the road in 2022 and went 4-5 with a 2.85 ERA.


In 72.2 innings pitched away from home, he gave up just 56 hits. Garcia had a respectable 2.70 ERA in two starts last year versus the Twins and went 2-0.


  • The total went OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 matches.
  • The Houston Astros are 1-4 SU in their last 5 matches.
  • The Houston Astros are 6-1 SU in their last 7 matches against Minnesota.

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Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins Predictions 4/8/2023


After a 4-2 start on the road, the Minnesota Twins will be back at home this weekend. Yet, the Twins lost some steam as Friday night approached.


The Twins lost the final two matches in the series in Miami after winning the opening game of the series in Miami and the first four matches of the season at Kansas City.


The team outperformed the opposition 22-5 in their four victories. Minnesota’s bats were quiet in the two games, as they managed just two runs against Miami’s pitching.


The Twins were able to play in front of their home crowd for the first time this season on Friday afternoon. Sonny Gray, the starter, pitched seven excellent innings to help Minnesota win the home opener 3-2.


Gray fanned 13 batters while giving up just one run on four hits. In the 10th inning, Kyle Farmer singled up the middle to score the go-ahead run.


Ace for the Twins In the game against Houston on Saturday, Joe Ryan will take the hill. In his debut start, Ryan pitched superbly, surrendering just three hits and one run in six innings of work to help the Twins win 7-4.


Ryan made four starts in April of last year, going 3-1 with an extremely low ERA of 1.17. To begin 2022, he pitched over 23 innings while allowing just 10 hits.


Ryan made 15 starts at home in 2022 and had a 7-4 record with a 3.04 ERA. He only pitched against Houston once, going just 4 innings while allowing four runs on four hits and walking five batters.


  • The Minnesota Twins are 6-2 SU in their last 8 matches.
  • The Minnesota Twins are 7-3 SU in their last 10 matches at home.
  • The Minnesota Twins are 1-4 SU in their last 5 matches at home against Houston

Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins. The MLB pick for this game is the Minnesota Twins. Ryan was the Twins’ most reliable starter all season, posting a respectable 3.03 ERA at home. 


He allowed just three hits in a victory over the Royals in game one of this season, and he continued right where he left off.


Without Altuve at the top of the order to serve as a spark plug for players like Bregman and Pena, the Astros lineup suffered.


Ryan should be able to take advantage of those two especially because they had sluggish starts. Garcia had a horrible season’s end the year before and had a sluggish start to this one while losing to the White Sox.


When the Astros receive some of their injured arms back, Garcia’s position in the rotation is likely to be in jeopardy. The Minnesota Twins will win to a predicted score of 4-3.


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Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins 4/8/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 2:10 PM (EDT)


Location: Target Field, MN


Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023




MLB Odds: Houston Astros +101


MLB Totals: 7.5


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