Minnesota Twins (10-4) at New York Yankees (8-6)
Game Info: Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 1:05 p.m. EST (Yankee Stadium)
Betting Odds: Yankees (-130) / Over/Under (8.5)
Pick: Yankees ML (-130)
Saturday night brings us to New York City to check out a battle between two AL foes when the Minnesota Twins look to extend their win streak to 3 games against the New York Yankees.
Minnesota has started the year off impressively, coming into this game with a 10-4 record. Currently, they sit atop the AL Central by 2 games ahead of the Cleveland Guardians. Having won the first 2 games of the series against the Yankees, the Twins will have all of the confidence in the world to replicate that once again on Saturday to get them 1 step closer to a 4 game series sweep. If they are to do so, Tyler Mahle will have a huge role to play in making that happen. In his 1st start of the year, he was phenomenal, throwing 5 quality innings while only letting up 1 earned run. But, much like he has done his whole career, the next time on the mound he could not carry that good form over, letting up 4 earned runs in 6 innings of work. If the Twins plan on stealing another win away from the Yankees in their home ballpark, Mahle will need to have a stellar outing on the mound.
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New York has been quite mediocre to start this campaign off, coming in with an 8-6 record (good for 4th in the AL East). Domingo German has not been able to display his whole repertoire of work yet this year, having only pitched 7.2 innings between 2 starts to begin the season off. In those starts, he has let up 5 earned runs, giving him an abysmal 5.87 ERA coming into Saturday's clash with the Twins. With how the Yankees' lineup has been sputtering over the past few games, they will need German to give them an extended run on the mound. Moving on, Anthony Volpe will hope that he can get things going as soon as possible as he has struggled mightily to begin the season. The young shortstop has a long way to go in his career, but at the same time, he does not want to start his first year off batting below the Mendoza Line for large parts of it. This will put more stress on himself to produce which can lead to bigger problems for the Yankees if he can not figure it out.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- The Yankees are 4-1 coming off of a loss
- Minnesota is 2-3 as the underdog
- The under has hit in 5 of 8 games that the Yankees have played at home
The Twins have handled the Yankees so far this year, winning their first 2 matchups against them in Yankee Stadium. Nevertheless, this is a great bounce-back spot for New York as they try to jump back into the series. German has always been a pitcher that I believe throws better than his numbers show, and I expect him to put his talents on full display in his 3rd start of the year. Give me the Yankees to turn it around here!
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