Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees Prediction, 8/21/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+140) New York (-185)
Yankee Stadium is the venue where Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees (70-52, 2nd in AL East) will play the Minnesota Twins (54-68, 4th in AL Central) on Saturday. The Twins open this game at +140 while the Yankees are coming in at -185. The O/U is set at 8. The men taking the mound will be Kenta Maeda and Gerrit Cole.
Minnesota has a slugging rate of .427 and have been rung up 1,049 times, while drawing a walk on 414 occasions. They have 530 runs batted in in addition to 1,002 hits so far this year, and their team batting average sits at .244. The Twins have compiled 204 two-baggers as a team and have hit 173 baseballs out of the park. They are sitting with 565 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .319. As a team, the Minnesota Twins are recording 4.6 runs per outing, which puts them at 12th in baseball.
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The Twins hold a team ERA of 4.88 for the year (26th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 997 hitters. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.75 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.32. Twins pitchers have yielded 182 long balls and also 641 runs (28th in the league). They have walked 362 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.65 as a unit for the year.
The Twins have dispatched 391 relievers to the hill so far this season. The relief pitchers have inherited 127 runners for the year and 47.2% of those players ended up crossing the plate. They have tallied 29 saves on the year and have missed out on 18 out of their 47 save opportunities. The Twins relief pitchers have earned a save rate of 61.7% and has come into the game in 110 save situations. The bullpen have tallied 63 holds so far this season (14th in baseball). Twins pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 98 times in addition to having 135 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Twins have converted 69.0% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 9,630 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 22nd in pro baseball. The Minnesota Twins have 3,210 putouts so far this season, in addition to 1,095 assists and 87 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .980 which has them sitting 30th in the majors, and have 802 double plays.
Maeda has taken the mound for 757 innings and has totaled 829 punch outs in his career. Maeda (59-40 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.71 while he has gone up against 3,109 hitters in the majors. His ERA is 3.84 (323 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.136. He has allowed 642 base hits (7.6 hits per nine innings) and has 219 free passes.
The Yankees have a team slugging percentage of .397 and they tally 4.26 runs per game (20th in the league). They have put up 165 doubles, while taking a walk 497 times as well as recording 520 runs. New York has accounted for 151 long balls over the course of the season to go along with 483 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 1,120 occasions (8th in baseball) and have 950 hits. The New York Yankees have accumulated an on-base percentage of .326 in addition to a team batting average of .237 so far this season.
The Yankees hold a team WHIP of 1.175 in addition to having a FIP of 3.82 as a staff this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.21 (1,154 strikeouts against 359 bases on balls). They are sitting at 7th in MLB as a staff in total hits surrendered with 909. They have given up 139 homers and they relinquish 4.10 runs per 9 innings (7th in MLB). The New York pitching staff have surrendered 491 runs on the campaign while holding an ERA of 3.66 (439 earned runs conceded).
With 128 save situations, the Yankees have recorded 65 holds and also 20 blown saves. New York has had relief pitchers take the mound in 59 save chances and they have converted 39 saves. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 162 times in high leverage situations and on 117 occasions with runners on base. New York bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 28.8% out of 153 inherited runners. They rank 5th in baseball with a save rate of 66.1%, and they have sent 375 bullpen pitchers onto the field this season.
The New York Yankees have twisted 91 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .983 (20th in pro baseball). The Yankees have racked up 1,018 assists, 72 errors and have 3,237 putouts this season. In their 9,711 innings played, the Yankees have a defensive efficiency of 70.5% (6th in pro baseball).
Thus far in his career, Cole has conceded 1,190 base knocks and he has 1,615 K's in 1,404 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 496 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.105 and having a FIP of 3.1. His strikeout to walk ratio is 4.47 and he has faced 5,664 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. Cole (112-61 win-loss mark in his career) has a 3.18 earned run average while conceding 7.6 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+140)
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