The Astros are 18-3 in games that Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers start. If the top two pitchers are not on the mound, the Astros are 17-13. Charlie Morton was just put on the DL yesterday, but they won six of ten games that he pitched. That leaves a 9-9 record when the other pitchers take the bump.
The Astros rotation has a 24-10 record with a 3.45 ERA with 289 strikeouts in 297 innings.
The Twins have a decent 1-2 combo in Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios. Hector Santiago is technically the second pitcher, but Berrios appears to have put everything together in his second chance. With the extra inning game yesterday, Santiago lost the game and will start on Wednesday. No matter the order, the Astros will face the top three starters in that series.
The Twins rotation has a 20-14 record with a 4.15 ERA with 187 strikeouts in 253 2/3 innings.
While the Astros rotation has the edge, this series the Twins will face Brad Peacock, Mike Fiers, and Joe Musgrove. Peacock will make only his second start of the season but showed promise striking out eight in 4 1/3 innings. Fiers was just removed from the rotation and now will return with Morton’s injury.
If Peacock and Musgrove pitch well, the Astros should win 2.