New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/30/14
Minnesota Twins (24-26) at New York Yankees (28-24)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Ricky Nolasco (R) (2-5) (6.115) vs. Vidal Nuno (L) (1-1) (4.419)
The Line: New York Yankees -150 / Minnesota Twins +140 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-N, YES
The Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees will begin a three-game series on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Right when it looked like the Twins were going to turn the corner, they’ve lost six of their last seven games and have dropped three games below a .500 record. Despite having the worst ERA in baseball, the Twins have actually held seven of their last 13 opponents to three or less runs. Not great, but it’s an improvement. The Twins are actually 17-3 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Chris Colabello doesn’t have a hit in eight straight games. Getting the nod Friday is Ricky Nolasco, who is 2-5 with a 6.12 ERA and has 40 strikeouts in 60.1 innings. This will be Nolasco’s first career game against the Yankees.
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The Yankees had Thursday off and head into this matchup winning four of their last five games. While it hasn’t been the case all season, the Yankees have scored five or more runs in four of their last six games and are 23-9 when scoring more than three runs. Brett Gardner has 10 hits in as many games and Jacoby Ellsbury has seven RBI in his last six games. The Yankees pitching, however, has allowed four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. Getting the nod is Vidal Nuno, who is 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA and has 31 strikeouts in 41 innings. This is Nuno’s first career game against the Twins.
The Twins are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Nolasco's last 5 starts. The Yankees are 0-4 in Nuno's last 4 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game. The Twins are 14-40 in the last 54 meetings in New York.
I don't like the juice the inconsistent Yankees are getting, which is why I'm taking the over. The Yanks have been hitting the ball well lately and the Twins aren't good at keeping the ball in the ball park. The over is also 8-3-2 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.