The New York Yankees (42-39) and Minnesota Twins (36-42) will open up a four-game American League series at Target Field Monday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET
New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins
New York has lost five games in a row, with the offense scoring just 13 runs over that span, which includes a 4-2 setback to the Baltimore Orioles as +115 road underdogs on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. “Nobody likes to lose, so it’s frustrating,” commented Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner. The Yankees are now 11-22 in their last 33 contests, which has dropped them a season-high 6.5 games out of first place in the AL East standings. New York is 2-4 on the road with a betting total of 9 to 9.5, with the UNDER going 3-2-1 in that situation.
Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (5-6, 4.22 ERA) has dropped three consecutive decisions, including an 8-5 home loss to the Texas Rangers last time out, as he allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits over six frames. The left-hander is 4-2 with a 2.81 ERA in six road outings, issuing seven walks and striking out 36 batters in 41.2 combined innings. In 22 career starts versus the Twins, Pettitte has tallied a 12-5 record and 3.32 ERA, including a 2-0 mark and 1.29 ERA at this ballpark.
Minnesota has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 9-8 defeat to the Kansas City Royals as -101 home underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 8. “We gave the ballgame away pretty early,” commented Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. The Twins are just 7-6 against left-handed starters this season—the fewest games of any MLB team in that situation. Minnesota is 4-2 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 during the 2013 campaign.
Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (5-7, 5.40 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last three efforts, as he dropped a 5-3 decision on the road to the Miami Marlins last time out, allowing four runs and eight hits over five innings. The left-hander is 2-5 with a 6.21 ERA in seven home outings, with opposing hitters batting .342 against him. Diamond suffered a 6-4 road loss to the Yankees in his only career start against them on Sept. 19, 2011, as he allowed five runs and 10 hits in four innings of work.
Sports bettors will likely back the Yankees in this affair, as the Twins have dropped Diamond’s last four efforts as a home underdog.