All thirty teams are set to play on Tuesday night with a complete schedule of fifteen games up on the board for the MLB. One of the best matchups on the night will be between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. These two teams are top competitors in the American League, which should lead to a good matchup on Tuesday. This game is expected to throw the first pitch at around 8:10 PM Eastern time on July 23.
New York has the top spot in the AL East and the entire American League with a record of 64-35 to this point in the season. The Yankees have lost two games in a row right now but had won five in a row before this small bump. New York will look to avoid making it three losses in a row with a win on the road. The Yankees have just started a tough seven-game road trip, so they will look to earn a big win on Tuesday night.
The Twins have earned the top spot in the AL Central with a record of 61-38 this season. Minnesota is sitting only three games back from the Yankees for the top spot in the American League, so winning this series would be big for them. The Twins have lost five of their last eight games, but have won two in a row. Minnesota will look to make it three wins in a row with another home win against New York this season.
Tuesday night’s matchup between the Yankees and the Twins marks the second of a three-game series. Both teams are in a tight race with each other and the Houston Astros for the top spot in the American League, which will help lead to another tightly contested game between these two clubs. I expect these two teams to pick up exactly where they left off on Monday night.
The first game of the season between these two teams was in a three-game series in New York on May 3-5. The Yankees rode two solo home runs by Gary Sanchez to a big 6-3 win in the first game. Sanchez added another home run in the second game, but homers by C.J. Cron, Nelson Cruz, and Mitch Garver helped lead the Twins to a 7-3 road win. Domingo German had a good night for New York in the final game as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowing only four hits and one run in a 4-1 win.
The first game of this series in Minnesota was a good one. Mitch Garver had two solo home runs for the Twins, while Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, and Nelson Cruz all added solo home runs as well. D.J. LeMahieu added a two-run home run for the Yankees, while Luke Voit and Gio Urshela both added solo home runs, but the Twins were able to finish with a well earned 8-6 win on Monday night.
New York was able to earn the first series by taking two of the three games in New York. The Twins hold a 1-0 lead in this series, despite being out hit on Monday night 13-8. Minnesota will look to keep the home runs flying at home as they have been able to beat the Yankees deep so far this season. New York has been just as good though, so it should be a good matchup.
D.J. LeMahieu has put up impressive numbers hitting this season. LeMahieu has earned 128 hits, 15 home runs, 70 RBI’s and an OPS of .893. Gleyber Torres has 99 hits, 19 home runs and 52 RBI’s. Luke Voit has 89 hits and 19 home runs on the season. Brett Gardner has 76 hits with 15 home runs. Gary Sanchez leads the team with 24 home runs, while Aaron Judge has 11 home runs and Gio Urshela and Aaron Hicks both have 10 homers.
The Twins have seen good production from Jorge Polanco, who has 121 hits, 14 home runs, 47 RBI’s and an OPS of .863. Max Kepler has 97 hits, 25 home runs and 65 RBI’s this season. Eddie Rosario has earned 93 hits, 21 home runs and 65 RBI’s. C.J. Cron has 84 hits, 18 homers and 55 RBI’s this season. Nelson Cruz has 20 home runs, while Mitch Garver has 19. Marwin Gonzalez, Jonathan Schoop, Miguel Sano, and Jason Castro all have over 10 homers on the season as well.
Both teams can put up some dangerous numbers with their bats in Monday night’s matchup. Both teams have earned a lot of home runs this season and have players that can beat you up and down their lineup. Both managers will look to continue to try and go deep into their lineup to try and earn the advantage over the other.
Domingo German will start on the mound for the Yankees on Tuesday night. German has earned a record of 12-2 through fifteen starts and sixteen games this season. He has an ERA of 3.38 and a WHIP of 1.045. His last start came against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 18, where he allowed four hits and two runs through six innings pitched in route to his twelfth win on the season.
Minnesota will have Kyle Gibson be the starting pitcher for Tuesday’s tilt. Gibson has an ERA of 4.02 and a WHIP of 1.234 through twenty games this season. In those games, he has earned a record of 9-4. Gibson’s last start came against the Oakland Athletics, where he allowed six hits and three runs in seven innings as he earned himself a win.
Both of these pitchers have really solid records this season, but the Yankees hold the edge on the mound with German starting on Tuesday night. German has done really well this season and it shows in his record. If he can slow down the Twins hitters, it could be the turning point needed for New York to earn a tough road win.
The Twins were able to take the first game of this series, but I believe that New York has a good chance to bounce back on Tuesday night with a win. Both teams are pretty evenly matched on the offensive side, but with German starting for the Yankees, it could be the edge needed to pull off the win. New York has lost back to back games and I believe that they will end that losing streak on Tuesday night.
BetOnline has the Yankees listed as a -117 against the money line for Tuesday. This implies that New York will win this game around 54 percent of the time. I believe that these are fair odds with German starting. This line still has some value going in favor of the visiting Yankees, making them my pick of the night.