Twins and Yankees Meet in Series Rubber Match
The New York Yankees are running away with the American League East. The Minnesota Twins lead the AL Central, but they’re starting to lose their grip.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, ESPN, WPIX (New York), FS North (Minnesota); LINE: Yankees -116; O/U: 11 Under -115.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH J.A. Happ (8-5, 4.86 ERA) vs. Twins RH Jake Odorizzi (11-4, 3.18)
Happ has struggled in his first full season with the Yankees. He was brought over from the Toronto Blue Jays ahead of last year’s trade deadline. New York bettors have still made a profit with Happ on the mound. The Yankees are 13-6 in his 19 starts thus far, with the UNDER at 10-8-1, and they’ve won nine of his last dozen trips to the mound.
The Twins have the same 13-6 team record behind Odorizzi (a first-time All-Star) this year. They have split the total at 9-9, but they’ve made a lot more profit during that span. Minnesota have surprised just about everyone with their level of success, after opening as +7500 long shots to win the 2019 World Series – well behind the Yankees at +800. But the Twins may be falling back to earth after losing five of their last seven games.
Didi Gregorius recorded a career-best five-hit performance and drove in seven runs to help the New York Yankees overcome a six-run deficit and even their series with the Minnesota Twins at one win apiece.
Gregorius sandwiched two-run doubles around his 100th career homer. He then scored the go-ahead run on Gleyber Torres’ RBI single in the 10th inning in New York’s 14-12 win on Tuesday. Former Twin Aaron Hicks extended the contest with a two-run homer in the ninth inning. His game-ending diving catch in center field with the bases loaded in the 10th preserved the sixth win in eight outings for the American League East-leading Yankees.
The AL Central-leading Twins have belted nine homers in the last two games. Miguel Sano launching a three-run blast and two-run shot on Tuesday to reach 100 in his career. Nelson Cruz and Jorge Polanco carry respective seven- and six-game hitting streaks into the finale after going deep in back-to-back contests for Minnesota, which has lost six of its last nine.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The Yankees Happ snapped a three-start winless skid on Friday. He struck out eight batters while pitching two-run ball over five innings in an 8-2 romp against Colorado. He wasn’t as fortunate in his previous encounter with Minnesota. Happ surrendered two homers and four runs total in 5 2/3 frames of a 7-3 setback on May 4. Mitch Garver, who joined C.J. Cron in taking Happ deep in that contest. He is 5-for-12 in his career versus the hurler. New York RF Aaron Judge has recorded 28 hits, 16 RBIs and 17 runs scored in his last 22 games.
The Twins Odorizzi has surrendered six homers in his last four starts. That has doubled his season total that was accumulated over 15 trips to the mound. The 29-year-old kept the Yankees in check in their lone meeting this season. He allowed just two hits while striking out eight in six scoreless innings on May 4. Odorizzi, who has flustered Edwin Encarnacion (7-for-40) and Brett Gardner (6-for-32), sports a 7-8 mark with a 4.06 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 17 career appearances (16 starts) versus New York. Minnesota RF Max Kepler has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 contests. Encarnacion is 14-for-32 with two homers, nine RBI’s and seven runs scored versus the Twins this season.
The Dart Throw: Twins 6, Yankees 3
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Yankees vs Twins MLB Betting Odds & Trends
|New York Yankees
|NY Yankees is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games
|NY Yankees is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games
|NY Yankees is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
|NY Yankees is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
|The total has gone OVER in 9 of NY Yankees’s last 13 games on the road
|NY Yankees is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Minnesota
|NY Yankees is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing Minnesota
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games when playing Minnesota
|NY Yankees is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
|NY Yankees is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
|NY Yankees is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
|Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
|Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 12 games
|Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
|Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
|Minnesota is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing NY Yankees
|Minnesota is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games when playing NY Yankees
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
|Minnesota is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
|Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
|Minnesota is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
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