8:10 pm
August 23

Twins @ Astros

Who will WIN this matchup?

Minnesota Twins (62-58)

@ Houston Astros (78-45)


Starting Pitchers:

Sanchez (MIN): 3-3; 7.68 ERA

Verlander (HOU) 15-3; 1.95 ERA


Current odds:

Minnesota Twins: (+253)

Houston Astros: (-303)


• The starting line-up for the Twins is as follows:

Twins starting lineup vs. Houston Astros on Aug. 23, 2022
1. Luis Arraez, 1B
2. Carlos Correa, SS
3. Jorge Polanco, 2B
4. Jose Miranda, DH
5. Nick Gordon, CF
6. Max Kepler, RF
7. Gio Urshela, 3B
8. Jake Cave, LF
9. Gary Sánchez, C
Aaron Sanchez is the starting pitcher (Record 3-3)

• The starting line-up for the Astros is as follows:


• Taken without context, the Houston Astros totaling 40 runs during a seven-game road trip that concluded with a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday would represent a positive development for an offense that has struggled with consistency. A deeper look reveals the Astros scored more than half of those runs in a 21-5 win on Thursday in Chicago after enduring two late-inning collapses to the White Sox and before taking a walk-off loss against the Braves on Saturday.

• Houston will open a six-game homestand on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins having dropped four games on the road trip, three in frustrating fashion.

• Justin Verlander (15-3, 1.95 ERA) is scheduled to start the series opener for the Astros on Tuesday. The 39-year-old right-hander is tied for the major league lead in wins, and he tops the majors in ERA. After going seven consecutive appearances allowing one earned run or none and winning each of those starts, Verlander is winless in his past two starts, having yielded six runs on 13 hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts over 13 innings. Verlander is 21-10 with a 2.82 ERA in 39 career starts against the Twins. He twirled eight shutout innings in a 5-0 road win on May 10, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out five.

• Right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-3, 7.68 ERA) has the starting assignment for the Twins. It will mark his second appearance with Minnesota following a start on Aug. 1, during which he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over five innings in the Twins’ 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. He subsequently was designated for assignment and later accepted an assignment to the minors. He will be promoted from Triple-A Saint Paul on Tuesday. Sanchez opened the season with the Washington Nationals before being released on May 31. He signed with Minnesota on June 6. Sanchez is 3-2 with a 6.20 ERA in seven career appearances (four starts) against the Astros, for whom he logged six innings of a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 3, 2019.

• The Twins dropped the finale of their seven-game homestand and four-game series with the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Monday to conclude the homestand at 4-3. Of greater significance was the loss of center fielder Byron Buxton, who departed in the top of the seventh inning after aggravating an ongoing hip issue. Buxton finished 1-for-2 with a walk and his sixth stolen base.

• A first-time All-Star this season, Buxton leads the Twins with a career-high 28 home runs in addition to a .526 slugging percentage despite dealing with a litany of health issues. He has missed 28 games this season but has yet to land on the injured list. Buxton underwent an MRI exam on Monday to determine the extent of his ailment, and he appears doubtful to play on Tuesday.


StreakSmarter Pick
Houston Astros