The Minnesota Twins will look to advance in the playoffs for the first time since reaching the American League Championship Series in 2002 when they take on the Houston Astros in Game 1 of a best-of-three Wild-Card matchup on Tuesday. The Twins (36-24) are the third seed after winning the AL Central, one game clear of both the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. The Astros (29-31) are seeded sixth after placing second in the AL West. Houston is one of only two teams with a losing record to make MLB’s 16-team playoff. The other was the Milwaukee Brewers.
First pitch from Target Field in Minneapolis is set for 2 p.m. ET. The Astros lead the all-time series 33-31, while the series is tied 16-16 in games played at Target Field. Minnesota is the -160 favorite on the money line in the latest Astros vs. Twins odds from William Hill,