- Yankees Continues Mastery of Twins
- Ex-Yankee Gray Gets Nod for Twins
- Cortes Returns to Mound for Yankees
- Twins vs Yankees Head-to-Head
- Twins vs Yankees Game Information
- Twins vs Yankees Betting Lines
- Twins vs Yankees Prediction
- Twins vs Yankees Trends
- Twins vs Yankees Edge
- Twins vs Yankees Results
- Twins vs Yankees Game Injuries
- Twins vs Yankees Game Summary
Yankees Continues Mastery of Twins
The New York Yankees’ dominance over the Minnesota Twins has become laughable. Except, of course, if you’re a Twins fan. Then it’s quite the opposite.
With Wednesday’s doubleheader sweep, the Yankees clinched the season series against the Twins for the 15th straight season. New York is 98-37 against Minnesota since 2002 (114-39 if we include the playoffs), 23-6 over the last 29 meetings and 24-2 in the Bronx since 2015 (including the postseason). It’s an absurdly one-sided situation that the Yankees hope to maintain for one more game in Thursday’s series finale.
Ex-Yankee Gray Gets Nod for Twins
Sonny Gray will be facing New York for the first time since he was traded by the Yankees to Cincinnati in January 2019. The veteran right-hander struggled to a 15-16 record and a 4.51 ERA in his one-plus season in New York, and much of the damage was done at Yankee Stadium, where he owns a 6.35 ERA in 21 career appearances.
Given that history, as well as the fact that Gray left his previous start due to hamstring tightness, it’s hard to have much confidence in the Twins at the sportsbook.
Then again, there’s not much to engender confidence with anything surrounding Minnesota of late. The club has lost six of seven while averaging fewer than three runs per game, and a setback Thursday would drop the Twins to .500 for the first time since they were 8-8.
To avoid that fate, Gray and company will have to find a way to compete with Aaron Judge, who has two homers and six walks – three intentionally – in the first three games of the series.
Cortes Returns to Mound for Yankees
The New York Yankees have won 10 of 16 as they slowly rebound from a brutal August, and they get a shot in the arm Thursday in the return of All-Star hurler Nestor Cortes. Out since Aug. 21 due to a groin strain, Cortes will be trying for a fifth straight time to become a 10-game winner.
Cortes said he felt “great” in his last bullpen session and doesn’t expect to have any limitations. However, he was rocked for four runs in 4⅓ innings at Minnesota Twins earlier in the year, in case that sways anyone staring at the MLB odds.
The crafty lefty is hoping for some support from an offense that has started to wake up from its slumber this series. Judge’s 55th homer helped the Yankees get started in what would eventually become a 5-4 win in 12 innings in the opener of the doubleheader and his three walks kept the line moving in the 7-1 nightcap victory.
The gargantuan slugger is six homers away from the hallowed team mark of 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961. His 55th blast on Wednesday gave him the team record for a right-handed batter, eclipsing Alex Rodriguez’s 54 homers in 2007.
Even the Maris family is pulling for the affable Judge.
“We like Dad having the record, but records are made to be broken and you have to like greatness and getting to see it,” Roger Maris Jr. told the New York Post. “You’d be crazy not to applaud what he’s doing.”
Except for the Twins, against whom Judge has nine homers and a 1.143 OPS in 26 career games, another mighty trend to consider when betting online or making your MLB picks.
Twins vs Yankees Head-to-Head
Minnesota’s last win at Yankee Stadium came on May 4, 2019. Judge was sidelined with an oblique strain at the time. New York has won eight in a row at home against the Twins.
Twins vs Yankees Game Information
- Game: Twins (68-67) vs Yankees (83-54)
- Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
- Day/Time: Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Twins vs Yankees Live Stream: MLB.tv
Twins vs Yankees Betting Lines
S. Gray -R
|New York Yankees
N. Cortes -L
Twins vs Yankees Prediction
To go against New York in this one would be to go against a mountain of information and trendlines that lean heavily toward the Yankees. Their .726 winning percentage against the Twins since 2002 is the best for any team against an opponent within its league in that span.
Cortes is no sure thing coming off the IL, but neither is Gray coming off a hamstring strain and pitching in a place that has given him fits. Additionally, the Yankees’ bullpen didn’t work as much as Minnesota’s during the doubleheader, thanks in large part to a nightcap in which New York needed to use just starter Gerrit Cole and reliever Lucas Luetge.
They’ll be a bit more rested, they’re at home and they’re always on point vs the Twins. Oh, and they have Aaron Judge.