Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 5-31-2023
Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 5-31-2023

It’s the conclusion of a series of American League teams on the diamond down in the Lone Star State. The Minnesota Twins are on the road as they play the final game of a three-game series with the Houston Astros Wednesday night. In the opening game of the series on Monday afternoon, it was the Twins rallying from a blown lead to earn a 7-5 victory in 10 innings to draw first blood. Will the Twins find a way to build some momentum on their way out of town or will the Astros rebound from a gut-punch defeat in the opener? This article was published prior to the conclusion of the middle game of the series at Minute Maid Park Tuesday night.

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Minnesota won for just the fourth time in their last 11 games as they managed to prevail in extra innings in the series opener Monday night. The Twins entered Tuesday 28-26 on the season and held a two-game edge over the Tigers for the top spot in the AL Central race. On Monday, Minnesota got three hits from Ryan Jeffers (run, two RBI) while Alex Kiriloff (run), Royce Lewis (run, four RBI) and Willi Castro (run) each had two in the victory. Lewis (his first) and Jeffers (his third) each went deep in the victory for the Twins. Sonny Gray threw six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts, yet didn’t factor in the decision. Jhoan Duran (1-1) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit with no walks and three strikeouts.

Louie Varland is on the hill as he makes his seventh start of the season for the Twins in this cont est. He comes in 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA, a 1.235 WHIP, seven walks and 34 strikeouts over 34 innings of work this season. Varland took the loss in his last start, which came against the Blue Jays at home Friday night. He threw six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts in a 3-1 Twins defeat. In his last three starts, Varland is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, two walks and 14 strikeouts over 17.1 innings of work. Varland, in his 12th career major league start, faces the Astros for the first time here. As a result, this marks his first career start at Minute Maid Park as well.

  
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