New York Yankees (33-29) vs. Minnesota Twins (24-37)
June 10, 2021 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Twins +120 / New York Yankees -130 ; Over/Under: 11
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The New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins meet Thursday in MLB action from Target Field. This will be the third and final installment in these teams’ series this week. The Yankees managed a four-run win in the Tuesday game, then on Wednesday New York kept it going with another victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Yankees snapped an ugly losing skid on Tuesday, coming from behind for an 8-4 victory. In the Wednesday game two, New York put up 15 team hits in another nice offensive win 9-6. Starter Gerrit Cole lasted 6.0 innings with two earned on five hits in a solid effort.
For the starting pitcher job on Thursday, the Yankees are sending out Michael King. Over his 27.1 innings this year, King has 25 hits, 13 runs (11 earned), three homers allowed, 10 walks and 25 Ks.
Over on the Minnesota side, they had a 3-3 tie heading into the eighth inning on Tuesday but couldn’t keep up on the scoreboard. In the Wednesday game, the Twins fell behind 5-0 after three innings and couldn’t bridge the gap despite a great ninth. Randy Dobnak posted 4.2 innings with 11 hits and eight earned runs.
For the starter job in the Thursday matchup, the Twins are sending out JA Happ. Over 51.1 innings of work this year, Happ has 52 hits, 32 earned runs, eight homers allowed, 16 walks, 37 Ks and a 5.61 ERA overall.
The Yankees are 21-7 in their last 28 versus the AL Central and 2-5 in their last seven Thursday games. New York is 1-4 in their last five versus a lefty starter and the under is 7-3 in their last 10 versus a lefty starter.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 9-19 in their last 28 versus a team with a winning record and 1-4 in their last five Thursday games. The under is 2-0-2 in the Twins’ last four in game three of a series and the over is 34-15-3 in the last 52 overall.
PICK: I’m going to take the Yankees, but probably staying away. This will be Happ’s first start against his old team, and he’s in need of a good performance. Happ has a bloated 10.17 ERA over his last five appearances, with opposing batters hitting .360 in that stretch. I like Happ to have a better outing in this one with New York eking out a win.