20* AL DOG OF THE WEEK on Houston Astros +143
Houston vs. Minnesota,
08/03/2013 19:10 EDT,
Score: 4 - 6
Money Line: +143 Houston
With the edge the Houston Astros have on the mound tonight, I'll gladly back them at this price against the lowly Minnesota Twins Saturday. They'll be hungry to bounce back from an extra innings loss to the Twins last night.
Erik Bedard has pitched pretty well for Houston this season, posting a 4.28 ERA in 21 appearances. The left-hander has been lights out of late, sporting a 2.20 ERA and 1.164 WHIP in his last three starts while striking out 22 batters over 16 1/3 innings.
Kyle Gibson and the Twins are getting way too much respect from the oddsmakers in this one. Gibson is 2-3 with a 6.21 ERA and 1.530 WHIP in six starts this year, including 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA and 1.765 WHIP in two home starts.
Minnesota is 11-28 (-18.6 Units) against the money line in home games with a tired bullpen - throwing 13+ innings over the last 3 games over the last 3 seasons. Bedard is 11-3 (+9.4 Units) against the money line in road games vs. an AL team with a team batting average of .255 or worse since 1997. The Twins are 1-8 in their last 9 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5. Bet the Astros Saturday.