Houston (McHugh) at Minnesota (Deduno)
Recommendation: Houston 5-inning
The up-start Astros continue to fly under the radar winning 10 of their last 14 games. Of course, the Astros have been easily the worst team in the Major League Baseball over the last few years as finding value with this team hasn’t been a problem nor should it be moving forward. Sunday starter Collin McHugh fits the bill for flying under the radar as well. He’s toiled in the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies organizations with 10.04 and 7.59 ERAs in each of the last two years. Obviously there is only one direction to go for the 26-year-old. The Astros have done a great job of developing his stuff coupled with up-tick in velocity. His numbers show the improvement of his repertoire as he boasts a sweet 2.52 ERA and a 54-14 K-to-BB ratio. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s Samuel Deduno will toe the rubber for the Twins. Deduno has limited upside like many of the Twins starting pitchers. The right-hander throws a fastball and curve, while showing a change-up that often gets hammered. He’s finding it hard working deep into games and missing bats is a key issue. The revamped Houston lineup should be able to score their fair share of runs. Our only disadvantage appears to be in the late innings which favors the Twins’ bullpen. As a result, we’ll lock in a play on Houston on the 5-inning line.
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