New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins 7/5/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/4/2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014, 2:10 PM on YES, FSN
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
New York Yankees - Phelps, D (3-4) vs. Minnesota Twins - Pino, Y (0-2)
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Saturday afternoon, the New York Yankees will take the field behind David Phelps as they square off against the Minnesota Twins and Yohan Pino. Phelps will make his 12th start and 21st appearance as Pino makes his 4th start.
David Phelps pitched to his 2nd straight no-decision in his last start and that kept his record at 3 - 4 with a 4.26 ERA. In his last outing, Phelps gave up 2 runs 9on 2 solo homers) and 4 hits in 5.2 innings as he walked 3 and struck out 4. Phelps has allowed at least 1 home run in 4 of his last 5 starts and that is a trend that he shouldn't continue. Last season, Phelps was 6 - 5 with an ERA of 4.98 in 12 starts and 10 relief appearances.
In 2013, Phelps won his only start against the Twins after allowing 4 runs on 8 hits (including a home run) in 6.1 innings. In the past, Phelps has held the Twins to a .233 average with 7 hits and 4 RBIs in 30 at-bats.
Yohan Pino dropped his 2nd straight game the last time out to lower his record to 0 - 2 with a 6.32 ERA. Pino went 5.2 innings in the loss and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (including a homer) as he walked a batter and struck out 3. Pino has spent most of his career in the Minors and this season, he was 9 - 1 with a 1.92 ERA in 7 starts and 7 relief appearances at Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate.
Pino will have to show some of the stuff that finally got him to the Majors if he is going to have a chance against the Yankees. With a little skill and a decent scouting report, Pino should be able to come up with something for the Yankees.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
New York Yankees are 36-46-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for New York Yankees is -0.4
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
Minnesota Twins are 41-37-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Minnesota Twins is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
05/11/14 P CC Sabathia Knee 60-day DL (5/11)
05/06/14 P Michael Pineda Shoulder 60-day DL (4/24)
04/20/14 P Ivan Nova Elbow 60-day DL (4/20); out for season
07/02/14 1B Joe Mauer Oblique 15-day DL (7/2)
06/27/14 CF Danny Santana Knee 15-day DL (6/27)
05/03/14 P Mike Pelfrey Groin 60-day DL (5/1)
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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