The N.Y. Yankees and Minnesota Twins meet on Wednesday afternoon as both teams look to stay afloat in 2017. Lost in Aaron Judge’s tear is the fact that the Yankees are slowly fading in the AL East. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are taking control of the division while all the media wants to talk about is Judge. At 48-44, the Yankees have fallen back to 3rd.
They were in control of the division, but thanks to a big downswing, the Yankees gave it up to the Red Sox. They handled the Twins last night, getting a 6-3 win but didn’t get any closer in the standings as they currently are 3 games behind.
For a minute, it looked like the Yankees were going to be able to run away with the division, and if you pay attention to ESPN, they would have you believe that they are 1st in all of the majors because of Judge. Fantastic talent, but the rookie will not be able to do it alone. This division is not his, at the moment is belongs to the Red Sox. In fact, the Rays have a lead on the Yanks right now as well.
Nevertheless, this division should make for an exciting finish. If you want a yawner, head over to the AL West where the Astros have a 16.5-game lead. Barring something incredible, the Astros should cruise to victory in the division. For the Twins, like the Yankees, they’re going to have to earn it over the next couple of months.
The Twins are hanging in there, as they trail the Indians by 2 games. While it’s only two games, though, it almost feels like it’s a lot more than that, doesn’t it? The Indians are still the team to beat in the AL Central, there is no disputing that. Jordan Montgomery will go for the Yankees this afternoon, and the Twins with Jose Berrios. Find our free Yankees vs. Twins pick, as we search for another winner.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins Pick
Jordan Montgomery (6-4, 3.78 ERA) vs. Jose Berrios (8-3, 3.70 ERA)
Aaron Judge is quite the physical specimen. For a guy his size, he can do it all from hitting, running the bases, and from the outfield. He’s even smashing all of the numbers he produced in the minors since 2014. He can hit for power and contact, with 30 deep balls already and a BA of .311. Judge is the main reason why the Yankees are 3rd in the majors in runs scored per game, with 5.38 per game. However, the Yanks are trying to find some pitching to help them out, which will do them in if they don’t find something at the deadline.
Montgomery started out hot as a rookie in 2017, but it can be hard for a rookie to maintain that level of play over the course of a summer. He holds a solid ERA of 3.78, but his numbers have slid some lately, posting a 5.27 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his last three starts. Completely normal for a young pitcher to feel some regression. Berrios has been in the dog house lately, too. In his sophomore year, Berrios has improved greatly on the 8.02 ERA he yielded as a rookie in 2016, but he has a 7.11 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in his last three showings.
He lasted just 1.2 innings against the Astros in his last outing. I don’t like either to play at the same level they did in the first-half of the season. More so, scattered storms are expected, so a delay would remove both starters from the game. I like the Yankees’ offense to spring to life this afternoon, but both sides should be able to accumulate some runs on Wednesday.
PICK: OVER 9.5 (-105)