Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/3/14
New York Yankees (41-41) at Minnesota Twins (38-44)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Masahiro Tanaka (R) (11-3) (2.101) vs. Philip Hughes (R) (8-4) (3.583)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +138 / New York Yankees -148 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, FSN-N, MLB Net
The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins meet Thursday night to begin a four-game series at Target Field.
The Yankees have now lost nine of their last 11 games and are one game below a .500 record. While you could blame the Yankees pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games, the Yankees offense has produced three or fewer runs in seven of their last 11 games as well. The Yankees have lost 10 of their last 13 games when being held to three or less runs. Brett Gardner has four RBI in his last four games and Derek Jeter has 11 hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Masahiro Tanaka, who is 11-3 with a 2.10 ERA and has 127 strikeouts in 115.2 innings. This is Tanaka’s second career start against the Twins.
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The Twins have lost seven of their last nine games and are seven games below a .500 record. While it’s been the case all season, the Twins have allowed four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.34 and have lost seven straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brian Dozier is hitless in six of his last seven games and Joe Mauer has been placed on the DL. Phil Hughes takes the mound, and he’s 8-4 with a 3.58 ERA and has 88 strikeouts in 103 innings. This is Hughes’ second career start against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 6-1 in Tanakas last 7 road starts and 10-3 in Tanakas last 13 starts as a favorite. The Twins are 5-1 in Hughes' last 6 home starts and 10-3 in Hughes' last 13 starts. The Yankees are 37-15 in the last 52 meetings in Minnesota.
We're actually getting Tanaka at a decent price due to the Yankees struggles. Take advantage of it while you still can.