Houston Astros (58-55) at Minnesota Twins (46-67)
TV: Root Sports SW
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Twins SB Nation blog: Twinkie Town
RHP Doug Fister (10-7, 3.47 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 4.49 FIP) vs. RHP Jose Berrios (2-2, 8.31 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 6.12 FIP)
After the rain literally washed away yesterday's game, the Astros and Twins will play a double header assuming that the weather cooperates today.
Game 1 is today's originally scheduled game starting at 12:10 PM. Fister and Berrios were the original starters, so the rain didn't really impact this game.
After one of the worst starts of his 2016 season against the Yankees on 7/26 (4.2 IP, 6 ER), Fister rebounded nicely in his last two starts. He went 6 innings in each, giving up 0 runs on 8/1 against Toronto and only 1 run against the Rangers on 8/6.
Berrios has only made 6 starts this year and none of them have been very impressive, although his best start this year might be the one he made against the Astros on 5/2 at MMP (5.1 IP, 2 ER, 8 K).
Double headers offer some interesting opportunities. Similar to long extra-inning games, you might have a player or two that collects 5-6 hits on the day (or 7 like Brandon Crawford did Monday), but you could also see some players end up 0-7 with 6 Ks.
Sweeping the double-header would be a great way to keep the Astros' playoff hopes alive, and to state the obvious, the only way to accomplish that is to start with a win in Game 1.