The Yankees’ bullpen tossed away a grand opportunity at catching up to the Red Sox, but it ended up being a big blow to their cause. Not just the bullpen, but Aaron Judge had the bases loaded twice but came up empty. The guy has a ton of talent, but there is still a lot to learn. It would have helped out if he came through, as the Yankees ended up losing 9-6 despite out hitting the Red Sox. Judge has been downright awful since the All-Star Game. His own manager put the blame on the Home Run Derby, which has snake bitten more than a few guys in the past.
We move away from Fenway and head to Minnesota where an interleague series featuring the Diamondbacks and Twins is taking place. The Twins blew the doors off the D-Backs yesterday, getting a 10-3 win as everything went perfectly for them. They got a superb performance from Ervin Santana who gave the Twins a boost in their postseason efforts. They keep hanging around, just when everyone believe they’re going to regress. Thanks to their win last night, the Twins are tied with the Angels for the final wildcard.
There are nine teams right in the thick of the wildcard race. The Blue Jays are near the back, but only 3 games out. It doesn’t feel like the Jays are in a postseason hunt at the moment, but here we are. Over in the National League things are a little more settled, with the D-Backs owning the final wildcard by 4 games. 67-55 will get you the last wildcard in the NL, while a record around .500 may do the trick in the AL. The Diamondbacks acquired Zack Greinke to get to the postseason. It wasn’t cheap, but the D-Backs are almost there. Get our free Diamondbacks vs. Twins pick below.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Minnesota Twins Pick
Zack Greinke (14-5, 3.01 ERA) vs. Jose Berrios (10-5, 4.27 ERA)
The Twins’ offense throttled Zack Godley and then set their eyes on the bullpen. The Twins are going to get a different Zack today and it shouldn’t be as easy on them as it was against Godley. Greinke has been solid with a 3.01 ERA but hasn’t been invincible. He was rocked for 6 runs by the Chicago three starts ago. However, Greinke is coming off no runs allowed against the Astros. In his last nine starts, he’s given up more than 3 runs just once.
I don’t think Greinke is going to be perfect in this one against the Twins, but he probably won’t have to be. It isn’t Christmas, but Jose Berrios has been getting lit up like a Christmas tree lately. In his last two games he’s allowed 11 runs in just 8.1 innings. In 19.1 innings he gave up 16 runs, and the one game he performed well in was against the worst offense in the majors, the San Diego Padres. Berrios is in his second season after posting a 8.02 ERA as a rookie. He looks good in the minors, but as soon as he hits the majors something changes for me. In any event, his arm seems to be dying on him late in the year. The Diamondbacks should be able to get a game back and take this on Saturday.
PICK: DIAMONDBACKS (-150)