Game 2 of the Wild Card series between the Astros and Twins will go down today.
Thanks to a poorly-timed Jorge Polanco error, the Houston Astros were able to claw out a Game 1 win over Kenta Maeda, Nelson Cruz, and a Minnesota Twins team that was in control of the game for most of the afternoon. With their backs against the wall and in need of two straight wins to stay alive, the Twins, losers of 17 straight playoff games, will need to start hitting like they did in the regular season.
What to watch for in Twins vs Astros Game 1
The Twins will start right-hander Jose Berrios in Game 2. While his raw numbers for the season might look pretty ordinary, he has turned it on late in the season, giving the Twins hope that he can quell Jose Altuve and this lineup.
Altuve and the rest of the Astros won’t be intimidated by Berrios’ trademark sweeping curveball, however, as many of the heavy-hitters on this team have had plenty of success in the past against him. Something has got to give this afternoon in Minnesota.
On the other side of things, Houston will start 25-year-old Jose Urquidy, who has a 2.73 ERA in five starts this season after a battle with COVID-19. Urquidy might not have tons of star power, but he announced to the world he can be trusted in the postseason when he shut down the Washington Nationals in Game 5 of the 2019 World Series.
The Twins are stacking their lineup with power hitters once again, so getting off to a hot start and not relinquishing a lead early will be key for Houston if they want to diffuse the Bomba Squad and knock the Twins out of the playoffs.
How to live stream Astros vs Twins Game 2
Game 2 of this AL Wild Card matchup will get started at 1.08 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Live streams for this game will also be available behind this link.