pitcher Sonny Gray

Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins Memorial Day Free Pick

28 May, 2023

The Houston Astros (30-21) will play the Minnesota Twins (27-26) on Monday at Minute Maid Park. The Twins are listed at +100 on the moneyline for this game, while the Astros are listed at -120. 8.5 is the over/under. Starting pitchers Sonny Gray and J.P. France are anticipated.

The Twins have together collected 83 doubles and launched 72 baseballs outside of Target Field. Minnesota has a slugging percentage of.410 and has walked 183 times while striking out 519 times. The Minnesota Twins are producing 4.6 runs per game as a team, which places them in 12th place in the league. Their batting average is.231, and they have contributed 227 RBIs along with 406 base hits this season. They have 240 runs scored in total, and their on-base percentage is.313.

Their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.19 and a K/BB ratio of 3.27. Pitchers for the Twins have given up 195 runs overall and 50 long balls, which ranks second in the league. In addition to 397 base hits (7.6 per 9 innings), Minnesota has also surrendered 180 earned runs. The Twins’ staff has 516 strikeouts this season and has a team ERA of 3.46, which ranks 2nd in the league. They have walked 158 players from the opposing club, and as a team, they have a 3.55 FIP for the season.

The relievers for the Twins have appeared on the mound in 54 save opportunities and have earned a save percentage of 52.2%. This season, the relief pitchers have had 46 baserunners inherited, and 30.4% of those runners have reached first base. Pitchers in the Twins bullpen have entered games 37 times with runners on base in addition to making 57 outings in high-leverage situations. This season, the Twins have used 156 different relief pitchers. The relievers’ 31 holds this year rank seventh in the league. They have made 12 saves so far this season and failed on 11 of their 23 save opportunities.

There have been 1,404 putouts for the Minnesota Twins this season, along with 383 assists and 32 errors. Their fielding percentage of.982 places them 25th in major league baseball, and they have generated 31 double plays. Out of 4,212 innings played, the Twins have turned 69.6% of balls in play into outs, placing them 13th in MLB.

Gray has a career record of 94-77, a FIP of 3.61, and has faced 6,000 opposing hitters in the major leagues. He has 510 free passes and has given up 1,236 base hits (7.7 hits per nine innings). His WHIP is 1.211 and he has an earned run average of 3.50 (560 earned runs allowed). During his MLB career, Gray pitched 1,441 innings and recorded 1,404 strikeouts.

Houston has 214 runs batted in and 46 HRs on the year. They have walked 158 times, struck out 158 times, and scored 224 runs while compiling 86 doubles. This season, the Houston Astros have a team OBP of.314 and a team batting average of.244. The Astros rank 19th in MLB with 4.39 runs scored per game and a slugging percentage of.380. They have 416 hits and have been hit 409 times, ranking 25th in baseball.

As of this point in the season, the Astros have a team WHIP of 1.174 and a FIP of 3.67. They have a 9.80 K/BB ratio (494 strikeouts vs. 138 bases on balls). With 393, they presently have the most hits allowed of any pitching staff in the league. They have allowed 53 home runs and 3.58 runs per nine innings, which ranks first in the league. With a combined ERA of 3.20 (161 earned runs allowed), the Houston pitching staff has surrendered 180 runs this season.

In 20 save opportunities, Houston has used bullpen pitchers and they have recorded 15 saves. They have used 157 bullpen pitchers this season, ranking third in baseball with a save percentage of 75.0%. Their relievers have entered the field 24 times with runners on base and 42 times in high leverage situations. Out of 42 inherited base runners, Houston relievers scored on 26.2% of them. The Astros currently have 24 holds in addition to 5 missed saves out of 45 save opportunities.

The Houston Astros have turned 41 double plays and the sixth-best fielding percentage in major league baseball (.989). This year, the Astros have totaled 1,358 putouts, 419 assists, 19 errors, and 19 errors. The Astros rank 14th in professional baseball with a defensive efficiency of 69.6% during 4,074 innings played.

France has tossed 21 innings in the MLB and has recorded 18 strikeouts against 20 hits allowed. In addition to having a WHIP of 1.190 and a FIP of 5.5, he has given up a total of 8 earned runs. In his professional baseball career, he has faced 89 batters and has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.60. France (1-1 career win-loss record) allows 8.6 hits per 9 innings and has an earned run average of 3.43.

Which team will prevail on the moneyline or spread in tonight’s MLB game?

Take Houston (-120)

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