The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins will finish up a three-game set Thursday night at Target Field. The Yankees have taken care of business in games one and two of this series. The Yankees cashed with Cole on the bump as -190 favorites Wednesday night. The Yanks will be looking for the road sweep Thursday night against the struggling Minnesota Twins.
Yanks Bounce Back After Rough StretchHeading into this series against the Twins, the Yankees had won just three games in their previous 13 outings. During that tough 13 game stretch, the Yankees were swept by a bad Tigers team, as well as their arch-rival Red Sox at home. The New York bats had been dormant until this series against the Twins, where they have scored a combined 17 runs in games one and two. Gerrit Cole grabbed his seventh win of the season on Thursday night, as the Yankees went on to win 9-6. Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, while Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar went deep as well. The Yankees are now 33-29 on the year and sit 5.5 games behind the AL East-leading Rays.
The Yankees will give the ball to Michael King for the start on Thursday night. King has only been in the Majors for three seasons and has appeared in 11 games. He has allowed eight home runs, 34 earned runs, and 57 total hits over just 56 innings pitched. He got roughed up in his previous start against the Red Sox last Friday, giving up six hits and four earned runs over 5.1 innings. According toMLB.com, King has an 0-4 record as a starter/opener with an abysmal 7.89 ERA.
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton lead the way for the Yanks in 2021. The two sluggers have combined to hit 26 home runs on the season, and have knocked in 58 total RBIs. This has been a Yankees lineup that has struggled over the past 30 days, as they rank 29th in RBIs over the last month with 80 (before Thursday). On the season, New York ranks 27th in runs scored per game (3.79) and has been averaging 7,51 hits per contest (25th)
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Twins Drop AnotherThe Twins 2021 season has been putrid, to say the least. Sportsbooks posted the Twins win total at 88.5 to start the season. It is safe to say that bettors who took the under on that total should be safe the rest of the way. This team is going nowhere. After Wednesday night's loss to the Yankees, the Twins now move to 13 games out of first place in the AL Central. Randy Dobnak took the loss in Wednesday night's 9-6 loss to New York. He gave up eight earned runs over 4.2 innings, He gave up home runs to Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the defeat. This Twins did gain some confidence in the bottom of the 9th, as they added four runs and made it interesting at the end. Minnesota is now 12-18 at home and 3-7 in their last 10.
Veteran left-hander, J.A. Happ, will look to get Minnesota back on track Thursday night at Target Field. The 38-year-old southpaw has a 3-2 record on the year over 10 starts for the Twins. Happ took the loss in his last start against the Royals, allowing five earned runs over five innings pitched. According to Fan Graphs, he has allowed the second-most runs in the Twins' starting rotation this season (32) and has given up eight home runs over 51.1 innings pitched.
Despite all of the Twins' troubles with winning ball games this season, they do rank 4th overall in the Majors in home runs with 83. On the season, the Twins rank 12th in runs scored per game (4.57) and 8th in hits (8.12). Miguel Sano and Nelson Cruz have been leading the way statistically for the Twins in 2021. They have both combined to hit 21 of the Twins' 83 home runs on the season. Sano has 28 RBIs on the campaign, while Cruz is close behind with 25 runs batted in. This is a Twins' lineup that can be dangerous and light up opposing pitchers when they get into a groove. The lineup just has not been consistent enough this season, which is a major reason why they are 13 games back of 1st place in the AL Central.
- 101-70 in night games last three seasons
- 123-87 against right-handed starters last three seasons
New York is:
- 12-16 ATS this season on the road
- 3-6 this season in Thursday games