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Game No. 27 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins

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Save us Doctor McHugh.

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Houston Astros (8-18) at Minnesota Twins (8-18), May 3, 2016, 7:10 PM CDT

TV: ROOT SPORTS Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Twins SB Nation Blog: Twinkie Town

Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (2-3, 6.65 ERA, 1.89 WHIP) vs. RHP Alex Meyer (0-0, 18.00 ERA, 6.00 WHIP)

Preview

Flashback to yesterday's preview:

Prediction

I'm going to go out on a limb. The Twins are running out two rookie starters and the Astros are sending out their top three starters. Astros sweep the three games.

Welp. Moving on. The Astros now turn to Collin McHugh for help as Dallas Keuchel had his home winning streak broken.

Things were looking up for McHugh after his first home start, pitching seven scoreless innings in the team's home opener against the Kansas City Royals. But he hasn't been sharp since. In his next two home starts, he allowed 20 hits over 9 1/3 innings.

He rebounded a bit in a short outing against the Mariners, allowing just two runs over five innings. Current Twins are batting .240 (12x50) against McHugh with a .257 BABIP, 5.6 FIP, 21.8 K%, and a 9.1 BB%.

MINNESOTA TWINS CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLLIN MCHUGH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Joe Mauer 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.667 1.167
Danny Santana 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.500 0.833
Kurt Suzuki 6 2 0 0 1 1 1 3 0.333 0.429 0.833 1.262
Oswaldo Arcia 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.250 0.250 1.000 1.250
Eduardo Escobar 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.167 0.286 0.167 0.452
Eduardo Nunez 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.500 0.500 2.000 2.500
Trevor Plouffe 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.167 0.286 0.333 0.619
Miguel Sano 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Brian Dozier 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.000 0.200 0.000 0.200
Eddie Rosario 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Kennys Vargas 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

The MLB.com's No. 8 Twin prospect Alex Meyer makes his first major league start for the Minnesota. A first-round pick by the Nationals in 2011, Meyer's sports a 70 fastball, 65 slider, 50 changeup per MLB.com.  He presents a unique challenge with his tall frame at 6' 9''.