Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/6/14
New York Yankees (43-42) at Minnesota Twins (38-47)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Hiroki Kuroda (R) (5-6) (4.080) vs. Ricky Nolasco (R) (5-6) (5.488)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +103 / New York Yankees -113 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, FSN-N, TBS
The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins wrap up their four-game series on Sunday.
The Yankees have lost six of their last eight games and are right at .500. The new issue for the Yankees has been an inconsistent offense that has been held to three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Yankees have lost eight straight games when that’s been the case. Jacoby Ellsbury has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Carlos Beltran has four RBI in this series. The Yankees ERA is 3.99. Hiroki Kuroda takes the hill, and he’s 5-6 with a 4.08 ERA and has 74 strikeouts in 103.2 innings. Kuroda is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in two career starts against the Twins.
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The Twins have lost eight of their last 11 games and are just hoping to split this series on Sunday. As usual, the issue for the Twins has been pitching, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Twins have lost nine straight when that’s been the case and they have an overall ERA of 4.38. Offensively, Brian Dozier has four hits and two runs in this series. Ricky Nolasco gets the ball, and he’s 5-6 with a 5.49 ERA and has 72 strikeouts in 101.2 innings. This will be Nolasco’s second career start against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 3-11 in Kurodas last 14 road starts and 5-2 in Kurodas last 7 starts with 4 days of rest. The Twins are 4-1 in Nolascos last 5 home starts and 2-5 in Nolascos last 7 starts as an underdog. The Yankees are 38-14 in the last 52 meetings in Minnesota.
Nolasco can get rocked at any moment and while Kuroda has been brutal on the road, I like the hotter team with the better lineup in the Yanks. Just trust NY a little more in this spot.