Twins vs. Yankees Saturday Prediction
The Twins and Yankees combined for nine runs on Friday night to push the final score over the 7.5-run total. Will the opposite play out on Saturday afternoon when these two teams meet again at 1:05 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
965 Minnesota Twins (+115) at 966 New York Yankees (-135); 9 runs
Saturday, May 4, 2019
1:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 66% of the betting tickets are on the Yankees to beat the Twins on the money line.
Minnesota Twins Fantasy Spin
Nelson Cruz launched a two-run homer and drew a walk against the Yankees on Friday. Cruz made things interesting when he went yard off Zack Britton in the eighth, but the Twins weren’t able to get anything else going. The veteran slugger will turn 39 in July, but he’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Rankings among the game’s elite in terms of average exit velocity and hard-hit percentage, Cruz is batting .303/.398/.596 with six homers and 20 RBI over 26 games. That’s basically what the Twins signed for over the winter
New York Yankees Fantasy Spin
Gary Sanchez went 3-for-4 and launched a pair of solo homers in Friday’s 6-3 victory over the Twins. That gives him 10 homers through 75 plate appearances so far this season. That’s pretty good. He already has 12 multi-homer games through 284 games in his career, making him the second-fastest ever to reach that number. The late Ralph Kiner only needed 282 games for 12 multi-homer games. With the three-hit night, Sanchez boosted his batting average from .234 to .265 on the year.
MLB Betting Trends
The Twins are 2-8 in Jake Odorrizzi’s last 10 road starts.
The Yankees have won four of J.A. Happ’s last five starts.
The over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and is 6-1 in the last seven meetings at Yankee Stadium. That said, I don’t love the bats on either side today. Odorizzi hasn’t put up great numbers this season but he does own a 23.1% strikeout rate and a 10.6% swinging strike rate. So even if he does get into a jam today, he can get out of it with a key strikeout. Happ, meanwhile, owns excellent strikeout, walk and swinging strikeout rates himself. The total is just a tad high for me today at Yankee Stadium.
The Pick: Twins/Yankees UNDER 9