The Minnesota Twins look to take a 2-1 series lead with home-field advantage against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Divisional Series. The Twins responded with a Game 2 win Sunday after falling 6-4 in Houston Saturday.
What to Expect
Houston will start Cristian Javier on the mound. In 31 games, the 26-year-old had 62 walks, 159 strikeouts and a 1.27 WHIP during the regular season. He has faced the Twins once in his career, and allowed one earned run in two innings.
Minnesota is sending Sonny Gray to the mound. The 33-year-old posted an 8-8 record and 1.15 WHIP during the regular season. Gray should continue with confidence after recording a strong performance in Game 2 of the Twins’ Wild Card series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Gray earned his first career postseason win after holding Toronto scoreless in five innings.
Players to Watch
Minnesota shortstop Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 in Game 2 Sunday. His performance with three RBI’s played a big part in the 6-2 win over the Astros.
The Twins’ offense is also led by designated hitter Royce Lewis. So far this postseason, Lewis has recorded a .267 average with three home runs and four RBI’s. In Game 1 of Minnesota’s Wild Card round against Toronto, Lewis had two home runs.
For the Astros, right fielder Kyle Tucker has been a key player. He entered the postseason on a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 12 of 15 games.
Additionally, Yordan Alvarez has also found success offensively for Houston. In two postseason games, Alvarez has torched the Twins with the long ball, recording three home runs.
The Astros struggled against Twins ace Pablo Lopez in Game 2, and it won’t get any easier being on the road against Gray who had an impressive season. The Astros have made the ALCS in six straight seasons, but a loss today could put that streak into jeopardy.
Game 3 is set to start at 4:07 p.m. at the Target Field.