Scott Diamond vs Hiroki Kuroda matchup featured in MLB action
Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees Odds
Yankee Stadium hosts an MLB battle between the New York Yankees and the visiting Minnesota Twins on Friday.
Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound for New York, and he'll carry a 7-6 record into the contest. Scott Diamond gets the ball for Minnesota; he's 5-8 so far this season.
This game matches up the No. 8 (Yankees) and the No. 14 (Twins) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 12 ranked American League offense (4 runs per game) against a Twins defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 14 in the American League at 4.7 runs allowed per game. The Yankees have been averaging 8.1 hits per game, less than the Twins have managed so far this season (8.4 hits on average).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and New York has the American League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Twins own the American League's No. 14 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -218 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Minnesota looks to rebound from a loss to the Rays, who beat them 4-3 on Thursday behind a start from Matt Moore at Tropicana Field.
Last time out for New York, they were an 8-4 winner as they battled the Royals at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Yankees at -116 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. New York looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Royals, an 8-4 final on Thursday in support of Andy Pettitte at Yankee Stadium.
Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After a loss are 1-9
New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
A few Twins at Yankees trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-18 SU in their last 22 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
NY Yankees are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Minnesota
NY Yankees are 18-4 SU in their last 22 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games when playing Minnesota
NY Yankees are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games
Minnesota at NY Yankees, Saturday, July 13