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Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees (47-44) at Minnesota Twins (47-45)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 8:08 pm (Target Field)

Luis Cessa (0-3) (4.18) vs. B Colon (2-8) (8.14)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +114 / New York Yankees -124 --- Over/Under: 11 See the Latest Odds

TV: WPIX, FSN, ESPN

The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins meet Tuesday in MLB action at Target Field on ESPN.

The New York Yankees could use a victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Yankees have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four of their last six games. The New York Yankees have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Aaron Judge leads the Yankees with 100 hits and 66 RBI while Starlin Castro and Brett Gardner have combined for 176 hits and 86 RBI. Luis Cessa gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 4.18 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Cessa’s second career game against the Twins.      

Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Twins look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Twins have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Twins have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Brian Dozier leads the Twins with 87 hits and 46 RBI while Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario have combined for 168 hits and 92 RBI. Bartolo Colon gets the ball, and he is 2-8 with a 8.14 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. Colon is 6-7 with a 5.69 ERA and 83 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

The Yankees are 0-5 in their last 5 Tuesday games, 0-4 in Cessas last 4 road starts and 0-4 in Cessas last 4 starts. The Twins are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 23-51 in their last 74 vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Yankees are 40-17 in the last 57 meetings in Minnesota and the over is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings.

Colon hasn't pitched in three weeks, was downright horrible in each of his 13 starts this season with the Atlanta Braves, and now he's being thrown out there against a loaded offense that's just itching to have a breakthrough performance. This could get very ugly. Cessa hasn't allowed a run in his last 6.2 innings and has been decent despite a small sample size. But this game is all about fading Colon, as you can't back him given what he's shown this season. I'll gladly take the Yanks and the cheap price. 

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