Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 3.72 ERA) and the New York Yankees (64-52) meet Kyle Gibson (8-9, 3.75 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (59-58) in the first of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 17 and will air on WPIX and FSN.
The Twins were unsuccessful to the Rangers 3-2 the last time Gibson pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking two. Eddie Rosario (.277, 41 Rs, 7 HRs, 27 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
New York, a -159 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Minnesota. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Yankees perform well as a favorite with a 39-26 record and have an overall money line of +312. The Yankees have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. The Yankees rank fourth in the AL in hits with 8.8 per game. New York's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 3.0 during that span, compared to its 4.2 season average. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out at Yankee Stadium, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Twins come into this game with a win percentage of .473 when playing as the underdog (43-48) and an overall money line of +1,025. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-5 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 4-6. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Minnesota pitchers. They allowed 6.8 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.5.
In their previous three games this season, the Yankees have a 2-1 record. This game will feature Gibson (RHP) on the mound against the Yankees, who have a 42-38 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Twins will be the left-hander Sabathia. They sport a 21-18 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, New York is 27-29, while Minnesota is 17-21.
The Twins are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Yankees have a record of 32-17 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Yankees are 43-6. The Twins have a 42-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th, Minnesota sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 493 this season. New York ranks in the top five at second with 551.
Ranking 23rd, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 290 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fifth with 382.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 55-32, well-matched with the Twins who are 45-25 when hitting one or more homers.