Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees - 6/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (31-34) at Minnesota Twins (20-45)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Masahiro Tanaka (3-2) (3.08) vs. Pat Dean (1-2) (4.17)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +152 / New York Yankees -162 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees look for another victory on the road at Target Field as they continue their series on Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.
The Yankees haven’t had a great season thus far but a trip to Target Field can be what ails them as the Twins are an absolute nightmare and will likely serve as a pin cushion for the rest of the season among league powers and also rans alike. New York heads into tonight’s game sitting three games under the .500 mark and need some work if they’re going to catch up in the competitive AL East but with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound tonight against the light hitting Twins they should have one of those statement type games where everyone gets in on the act and they may very well hit the over on their own accord. Tanaka is 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA this season and he will face off against Pat Dean who is 1-2 with a 4.17 mark.
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The Twins continue their season of misery on Friday night at home as they are just 20-45 on the season and trends aren’t pointing upwards for a turn around in the near future. Minnesota dropped a 4-1 decision last night and will have to deal with New York finest in this one as Tanaka continues to be the ace, and while Michael Pineda is coming along and CC Sabathia is back to his old self it is Tanaka who has been the best of the bunch and is most reliable on the bump.
New York is 7-0 in Tanaka’s last seven starts against a team with a losing record, 5-2 in their last seven against the AL Central, but 3-11 in their last 14 against a lefty on the road while the Twins are 20-49 in their last 69 overall, 5-21 in their last 26 when scoring two runs or less in their previous outing, and 1-7 in their last eight Friday games. This is a nightmare scenario on all accounts for Minnesota as the Yanks cruise.