Even though the Twins and the Yankees have the same record New York is the favorite tonight, as they have won 10 straight against Twins in the Big Apple.
Minnesota Twins (22-12) at New York Yankees (22-12)
Bovada has a moneyline for this game with the Yankees posted as the favorite at -180 and the Twins are at +160 with a run total of 9.5.
Tonight’s match up could not be more even and not just because each team has the same record, but the starting pitchers tonight also have the exact same record and each was shelled in their last game in their first loss of the season.
Minnesota is coming off a win, is 7-3 in their last 10 games, and has a 2.5 game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. New York is coming off a loss, is 6-4 in their last 10 games, and trails the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the AL East by two games.
The Yankees are glad to be home, as they have only lost two games there and they lost three of four games to the Tigers in Detroit in their last series.
This season New York is 10-2 at home and Minnesota is 10-6 on the road.
In their last games New York lost to Detroit 6-0 yesterday while Minnesota beat Chicago 3-2 on Wednesday.
Taking the mound for New York is A.J. Burnett (4-1 3.40 ERA), who in his last start gave up eight earned runs in only four innings in a loss. On the hill for Minnesota is Francisco Liriano (4-1 2.36 ERA), who in his last start gave up five earned runs in six innings in a loss.
Liriano is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 2 career starts against New York.
Burnett has been un-hittable in the Bronx this season going 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00 in two starts at Yankee Stadium this season.
Dating back to last season New York is 17-4 in Burnett’s last 21 home starts.
New York has scored most runs in the America League, but was shut out twice in their recent Detroit series.
Minnesota is 7-3 in their last 10 road games against a right-handed starter and New York is 4-0 in Burnett’s last 4 home starts against teams with a winning record. (View Matchup Stats)
In tomorrow’s game Andy Pettitte (4-0 2.08 ERA) is slated to take the mound for the Yankees and Scott Baker (4-2 4.57 ERA) is slated to start for the Twins. In the series finale Sergio Mitre (0-1 3.86 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Yankees and Nick Blackburn (3-1 4.76 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Twins.
There are a few great series match ups this weekend in the AL, as the Detroit Tigers host the Boston Red Sox (View Matchup Stats), the Toronto Blue Jays host the Texas Rangers (View Matchup Stats), and the LA Angels host the Oakland Athletics (View Matchup Stats).
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