Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/5/14
New York Yankees (42-42) at Minnesota Twins (38-46)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
David Phelps (R) (3-4) (4.616) vs. Yohan Pino (R) (0-2) (6.318)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -105 / New York Yankees -105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, ESPN 2, FSN-N
The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins will play game three of four on Saturday afternoon.
The Yankees have snapped a five-game losing streak by winning the first two games of this series and are one game above a .500 record. The Yankees pitching staff has been shaky lately, allowing four or more runs in five of their last seven games. Overall, the Yankees have the 22nd best ERA at 3.98. Offensively, Mark Teixeira has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Brett Gardner has six RBI in his last eight games. David Phelps takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 4.26 ERA and has 68 strikeouts in 76 innings. This is Phelps’ second career start against the Twins.
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The Twins have lost nine of their last 11 games and are nine games below a .500 record. As usual, the Twins pitching has been horrible, allowing four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Twins have the 28th ERA in baseball at 4.37. The Twins have lost 15 of their last 17 games when allowing more than three runs. Trevor Plouffe has a five-game hitting streak. Starting is Yohan Pino, who is 0-2 with a 6.32 ERA and has 12 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. This is Pino’s first career game against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 2-6 in Phelps' last 8 starts and 8-2 in Phelps' last 10 starts as a favorite. The Twins are 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter and 43-89 in their last 132 vs. American League East. The Yankees are 37-14 in the last 51 meetings in Minnesota.
The Twins are in a dowward spiral. I like the Yanks to stay hot and continue to beat up the Twins like they've done in the past.