Astros play Minnesota, look to build on Cole’s strong performance
Minneapolis; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Twins are 9-5 on their home turf. Minnesota has slugged .495, the best mark in the majors. Jorge Polanco leads the club with a .600 slugging percentage, including 15 extra-base hits and five home runs.
The Astros are 8-9 in road games. Houston’s team on-base percentage of .346 is second in the American League. Alex Bregman leads the lineup with an OBP of .410. The Astros won the last meeting 11-0. Gerrit Cole notched his second victory and Jake Marisnick went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Houston. Michael Pineda took his second loss for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 7-3, .245 batting average, 4.30 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs
Astros: 5-5, .264 batting average, 3.64 ERA, outscored opponents by 17 runs