Minnesota at Houston, 1:10 pm (CT)
RHP Liam (1-2/ 5.13 ERA / 1.41WHIP) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (6-7 / 5.12 ERA / 1.48 WHIP)
Today is a get-away day for the Astros, thus leaving the two teams at the top of the 2013 draft starting a 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday in Houston, TX. The fans are sparse already but this is just disastrous mixture. That said, I kind of wish I could go to the game in hopes of getting a foul ball or two.
The man tasked with keeping the Twins' hits from fair territory is Jordan Lyles. This will be the first time since August 6 and 13 that Lyles has started back to back games. Since his start on the 13, Lyles has bounced between the bullpen and starting over his last five appearances. In his five starts in August, Lyles had a 4.99 ERA, on par with his season ERA of 5.12. One of Lyles' main problems has been long innings, and hits that come in bunches. Lyles has given up 39 hits over his last 33.1 innings.
The right-hander missed the Astros' previous encounter with the Twins. But, Eduardo Escobar and Alex Presley have had previous at-bats against Lyles - Escobar is 0-for-1 with a walk and Presley is 4-for-11 with a triple and home run.
Liam Hendriks has an overall career record of 2-12 in 25 starts. He has given up 26 home runs in those 25 appearances, that said he was able to out duel Yu Darivish for his second career win in his last start. He allowed only one run on five hits over six innings in the Twins' 3-2 victory. The right-hander has made three starts in August, he has switched between lights out and explosion - 2 runs, 7 runs, and 1 run. He has given up five home runs over those games. Chris Carter has previously faced Hendriks, and he is 0-for-3 with no strikeout