Twins vs. Yankees - 6/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (33-34) at Minnesota Twins (20-47)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
M Pineda (3-7) (5.87) vs. R Nolasco (3-4) (5.12)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +135 / New York Yankees -145 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins clash Saturday afternoon at Target Field.
The New York Yankees look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Yankees have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The New York Yankees offense has been leading the charge, and they’ve won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Carlos Beltran leads New York with 65 hits, Starlin Castro has 27 RBI and Didi Gregorius has six home runs. Michael Pineda gets the nod, and he’s 3-7 with a 5.88 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. Pineda is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Twins have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and have allowed four or more runs every game since May 31. The Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 5.19 and have lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eduardo Nunez leads Minnesota with 72 hits, Joe Mauer has 26 RBI and Brian Dozier has seven home runs. Ricky Nolasco takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 5.12 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. Nolasco is 1-1 with a 7.88 ERA and three strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 5-11 in their last 16 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Pinedas last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Twins are 7-19 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series and 2-5 in Nolascos last 7 starts with 4 days of rest. The Yankees are 42-16 in the last 58 meetings in Minnesota.
The Twins pitching staff continues to get rocked every single game this month. It's impossible to back the Twins with any sort of confidence given their current form. So, the Yankees it is, especially with Pineda on the hill who is due for a solid outting.