Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees - 6/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (34-34) at Minnesota Twins (20-48)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
N Eovaldi (6-3) (4.90) vs. E Santana (1-7) (5.10)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +133 / New York Yankees -143 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, YES
In MLB action from Target Field on Sunday afternoon, we’ve got the weekend series finale between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins.
This will be the fourth matchup of the set. The Yankees took the first two games by a combined 12-3 score. On Saturday, New York scored seven runs in the final three innings--and they’d need them all--to eke out a 7-6 win.
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Taking the hill for New York on Sunday will be right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. Over his 13 games and 6-3 record this year, Eovaldi has put up a 4.90 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in 75.1 innings of work. On Tuesday when we last saw him, Eovaldi gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings in a loss against Colorado.
The veteran Yankees hitters have been carrying the team for much of the season. Carlos Beltran heads the pack with 68 hits, 38 runs, 18 homers and 48 RBI. Beltran blasted a two-run homer on Saturday. Starlin Castro isn’t quite as hot as he was to start the season, but is still sitting on 64 hits with 23 runs and 27 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury is in there as well on 64 hits with 30 runs and 24 RBI.
Over on the Twins’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Ervin Santana in the starting role Sunday. Over 12 starts and a 1-7 record this year, Santana carries a 5.10 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP in 65.1 innings. On Tuesday against the Angels, Santana allowed five runs on 10 hits over five innings for another loss.
It’s pretty easy to pick out the top names in the Twins order. Eduardo Nunez leads the way on 74 hits with 33 runs and 25 RBI. Joe Mauer has 68 hits with 28 runs and 26 RBI. Brian Dozier has 55 hits with 31 runs and 25 RBI, but is hitting just .232 on the season. Dozier bagged two hits and two runs on Saturday.
The Yankees are 39-15 in their last 54 game fours of a series, and 14-4 in their last 18 games against a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. New York is also 8-0 in Eovaldi’s last eight starts against the American League Central, and 5-1 in Eovaldi’s last six Sunday starts.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 20-51 in their last 71 overall and 7-19 in their last 26 home games. Minnesota is also 3-13 in Santana’s last 16 starts and 1-5 in Santana’s last six starts against the American League East.
I can’t find too many reasons to pick the Twins here, so I won’t. Give me the Yankees for the finale win.