The New York Yankees try for a third straight win when they face the host Minnesota Twins in the finale of a three-game series on Thursday night. The first pitch for this contest is set for 8:10 p.m. ET at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The Yankees have won the first two games of the series, including Wednesday’s 9-6 victory. New York is 33-29 entering Thursday’s action and in third place in the American League East, four games behind the second-place Boston Red Sox and a half-game ahead of the fourth-place Toronto Blue Jays.
The Twins have fallen to 24-37 with the two straight losses. Minnesota is in the last place in the AL Central standings, a game behind the fourth-place Detroit Tigers.
Looking at the MLB odds for betting on this game, the Yankees have a moneyline of -130, while the Twins are at +120. The over/under for this contest is set at 11 runs.
The Yankees’ offense had a good game in Wednesday’s win, hitting four home runs, including two by designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton. Aaron Judge also homered as New York matched its season high with 15 hits.
“I don’t think any of us or any of them ever stopped believing in what they’re capable of doing,” New York manager Aaron Boone said after Wednesday’s win.
Stanton hadn’t homered since May 6, though he did spend two weeks on the injured list during that time. He now has 11 on the season along with 29 RBIs and 18 runs scored in 44 games.
Judge hit his 15th homer and added to his team-high total of 35 RBIs. He’s also hitting a team-best .293 and has scored a Yankees-best 34 runs.
Right-hander Michael King will get the start in the series finale Thursday. King is 0-3 with a 3.62 ERA in two starts and nine total appearances this season. He has struck out 25 and walked 10 in 27.1 innings of work.
King took a loss in a start Friday against the Red Sox, going 5.1 innings and allowing four runs on six hits, including a home run, while striking out five and walking none. It was his longest starting stint of the season.
The Twins will have left-hander J.A. Happ on the mound on Thursday, as he faces the team with which he spent the last three seasons. Happ is 3-2 with a 5.61 ERA in his first season with Minnesota, striking out 37 and walking 16 in 51.1 innings.
The 38-year-old is coming off a rough outing against Kansas City on June 3, as he went five innings but allowed five runs on nine hits, including three home runs. Happ has given up multiple runs in each of his last five starts.
The Twins had their own power surge in Wednesday’s game, with Miguel Sano hitting his 12th homer and Jorge Polanco hitting two to increase his season total to eight. Sano’s 12 lead the Twins, as do his 30 RBIs, and he now has three home runs and seven RBIs over his last five games.
Polanco also has three home runs over his last five games, driving in four and scoring four times. He has 27 RBIs and leads the Twins with 13 doubles and 31 runs scored.
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Both teams are hitting the ball well right now, but New York is going to have the edge on the mound. Happ has really been struggling of late, and his old team will know how to get to him and get some runs on the board.
When doing your MLB betting, take New York to get the win on the road to complete the three-game sweep.