New York Yankees versus Minnesota Twins (July 22)
Two of the top three teams in the American League battle as the Twins take on the Yankees.
The teams are heading in opposite directions, as the Yankees have won their last five and the Twins are 1-5 over their last six.
CC Sabathia is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees and Martin Perez is set to take the mound for the Twins.
Offensively, the Yankees have hit 162 home runs for the season and are averaging 5.7 runs per game.
During their winning streak, they are averaging a whopping 7.6 runs per game. DJ LeMahieu leads the team with a .334 average and 67 RBI.
Gary Sanchez tops the Yankees with 24 home runs, while Gleyber Torres (19 home runs) and Luke Voit (18 home runs) are two of seven that have at least 10 long balls.
The Twins have crushed the ball this season to the tune of 187 home runs and 5.6 runs per game.
However, they have struggled plating runs lately, averaging a meager 3.7 runs over their last six games.
The trio of Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario and CJ Cron have a combined 62 home runs and 179 RBI.
Nelson Cruz has added 19 home runs to a team that has 10 players with at least 10 home runs.
On the mound, CC Sabathia enters with a 5-4 record and 4.06 ERA.
He’s struck out 77 in 82 innings but has allowed 18 home runs.
Closer Aroldis Chapman has notched 25 saves with an ERA of 2.45.
Adam Ottavino has been the most consistent of the relievers, posting a slim 1.66 ERA.
Zack Britton and Tommy Kahnle have also been very effective, combing for an ERA of 2.53 in 78 1/3 innings.
As a team the Yankees have allowed 4.2 runs per game and only 2.6 over their last five.
For the Twins, Martin Perez is an eight-game winner with a 4.10 ERA.
He’s kept the ball in the park, allowing only eight home runs in over 100 innings.
However, his ERA has been steadily climbing, up from 2.89 over his last nine starts.
Taylor Rogers, Ryne Harper, Blake Parker, Trevor May and Tyler Duffy lead the bullpen and have a combined ERA of 3.10.
The team has allowed only 4.5 runs per game.
With two high powered offenses, this could be a slugfest.
However,the trend is in favor of the Yankees to keep the Twins offense in check.
Minnesota should approach their scoring average for the season….
likely getting to Sabathia for a home run or two, but then get shut down by the New York bullpen.
The Yankees are red hot and have been scoring on everyone. Ill take the over and look for the Yankees to prevail by an 8-4 score.