Twins host Astros, aim to build on Perez’s strong outing
Minneapolis; Thursday, 1 p.m. EDT
LINE: Astros favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Either Houston or Minnesota will take home a series victory with a win.
The Twins are 10-5 on their home turf. Minnesota has slugged .493, good for first in the majors. Jorge Polanco leads the club with a .606 slugging percentage, including 16 extra-base hits and five home runs.
The Astros are 8-10 on the road. Houston’s team on-base percentage of .343 is third in the league. Alex Bregman leads the team with an OBP of .397. The Twins won the last meeting 6-2. Martin Perez earned his fourth victory and Jonathan Schoop went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Minnesota. Collin McHugh registered his third loss for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 7-3, .219 batting average, 3.78 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs
Astros: 5-5, .254 batting average, 3.24 ERA, outscored opponents by 14 runs