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Berrios, Twins seek series win over Astros
Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins
- The Astros split a four-game set against the Indians in their most recent series, losing the first two games of the series, then bouncing back to win the next two. Houston is 11-5 this season following a team win, compared to 5-6 when following a team loss.
- The Twins have hit 49 home runs this season in 25 games, tied with the 1997 Indians for the fourth most all-time by any team through 25 games. Only three teams have hit more through 25 games in a season: 2019 Mariners (56), 2000 Cardinals (55) and 2019 Brewers (50).
- Max Kepler has hit four home runs in his past three games. Kepler (7) and Eddie Rosario (11) have combined to hit 18 home runs this season, tied for the most of any American League teammate duo with the Athletics' Khris Davis (10) and Matt Chapman (8).
- The Twins are one of four teams that Justin Verlander has 20+ career wins against (also KC, CWS and Cle). The only other active pitcher to have at least 20 wins against four different teams is CC Sabathia (KC, Det, Min and Bal).
- In six career starts against the Astros, Jake Odorizzi is 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA. Odorizzi allowed two runs and scattered eight hits in 5.2 innings against the Astros on April 22 of this season, picking up Minnesota's lone win of the three-game series against Houston.
- The Astros are 16-6 against the Twins since 2016, their second-best record against any AL team over that time (17-3 vs. Orioles). Houston won two of three games when these teams met earlier this month, batting .320 in the series with six home runs and six doubles.
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After losing two out of three in Houston last week, the Minnesota Twins have a chance to win the return series on Thursday afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The Twins, behind eight shutout innings from Martin Perez and a tape-measure home run by Jonathan Schoop, won their second game of the four-game series on Wednesday night, 6-2, bouncing back from an ugly 11-0 loss on Tuesday.
Minnesota won the series opener 1-0 on Monday as Jake Odorizzi outdueled Justin Verlander.
Jose Berrios (4-1, 2.97 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three starts at Target Field this season, takes the mound for the Twins on Thursday. He will be opposed by Brad Peacock (2-1, 3.67).
Berrios has won three consecutive starts since losing 2-1 at Philadelphia on April 7. He has struck out 25 batters and walked two in 20 1/3 innings in his three home starts while holding opponents to a .176 batting average.
Berrios, who didn't face the Astros last week in Houston, is 1-3 with an 8.36 ERA in four career starts against the Astros. He comes in off a 9-2 home win over Baltimore on Saturday during which he gave up two runs on seven hits over six innings while striking out eight.
Berrios, who felt the Orioles were sitting on his curveball during a 6-5 win in Camden Yards seven days earlier that saw him allow three home runs, decided to use his changeup to set up his fastball in the rematch.
"(The changeup is) what we've been working real hard on this past offseason, during spring training," Berrios told MLB.com. "We're still working on it. I feel really proud and happy when I go out there during the game and throw it. I've seen really good results with my changeup, so I feel great. The only thing I have to do is keep working on that and trying to be more consistent."
Peacock is 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA in eight career games (four starts) against Minnesota, including 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA in four games (two starts) at Target Field. He was charged with the loss in Houston's 9-5 defeat to the Twins on April 22 at Minute Maid Park, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings, including a solo home run to Jason Castro.
After the Thursday afternoon contest, the Astros will fly to Monterrey, Mexico, where they will play a two-game series with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday and Sunday at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, home of the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League.
The Astros will be able to add a 26th man to their roster for the two games, but it must be a position player.
"Originally, I was really hoping to add a pitcher because we're only carrying 12, and the ideal thing would be to add the extra pitcher," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "MLB has let us know it's against the rules. You're only allowed to add a position player, which I don't really understand why. That's the rules, and we'll play by it. We'll see."
Among the top candidates to make the trip are outfielders Derek Fisher, Kyle Tucker and Myles Straw plus catcher Garrett Stubbs, all of whom are playing at Triple-A Round Rock.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 2, 2019