A change of scenery has done the New York Yankees well, and they hope the good times continue on Thursday’s baseball betting calendar in Minnesota where they have an opportunity to finish a broom job on the Twins.
New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins
Thursday, June 10, 2021 – 8:10 PM EDT at Target Field
Not that beating the Minnesota is anything new for New York. The 8-4 win in Tuesday’s series opener and 9-6 triumph last night extended the Yankees’ streak in the rivalry to 7-straight, that stretch including a 3-game sweep in the 2019 ALDS. Both contests went past the totals, another strong trend between the two clubs with seven ‘over’ winners in the last eight meetings.
New York was a little tardy making it official that Michael King (0-3, 3.62) would start Thursday’s tilt, causing a delay in overnight lines. BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) has the early bird moneyline on New York at -128. JA Happ (3-2, 5.61) will be facing his former club for Minnesota, and a big 10½-run total awaits scoreboard bettors.
Bombers Pound 6 HR in First 2 Games
New York started this road trip in a 4-game slump, all four losses coming to Tampa Bay and Boston, the two teams the Yankees are chasing in the AL East.
The bats definitely woke up once they arrived in Minnesota, New York sluggers sending a half-dozen pitches into the bleachers during the first two games. Giancarlo Stanton had 2 HR on Wednesday, and Miguel Andujar hammered one in each contest.
After beginning the season with seven appearances as the long reliever out of New York’s bullpen, King will be making his third consecutive start. The previous two haven’t been anything to write home about, though he didn’t get a lot of help from his bats or his gloves.
Last Friday against the Red Sox, King worked into the sixth and allowed four runs in a 6-2 loss, the game closing right around a pick on the MLB odds.
King will be making his first appearance against the Twins, and fifth outing on the road where the former 12th-round pick out of Boston College owns an unsightly 6.23 ERA across nearly nine innings.
His season-high for pitches is 69, that coming during a 6-inning call from the bullpen in his season debut, so we shouldn’t expect more than 75 tosses on Thursday.
Twins Hurlers Have Allowed 89 HR on Season
Minnesota came home from a road trip with looking to build on a modest 2-game win streak. Nothing doing as Twins hurlers continue to struggle keeping their pitches from leaving the yard. It won’t get any easier this weekend when the Houston Astros come to town with a lineup that leads the majors in scoring.
After going through the entire month of May without a quality start, June began on the same note for Happ. Closing as a slight underdog in Kansas City at the best online betting sites, the southpaw allowed five runs in as many innings, with three long balls among the nine hits the Royals mustered in an eventual 6-5 final.
Those three homers equaled the total Happ allowed in 23.1 innings during May, and one more than what he served up in five April assignments.
Happ spent the last three seasons in New York, and will be facing the Yankees for the first time since he was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018. He lost both outings against them that year, after winning both starts against New York the previous season.
Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have each swatted 2 HR off Happ over the years, and are batting .321 collectively (18-56) when facing the Illinois native.
Hot Day in Store for Minneapolis
Hunter Wendelstedt, acting crew chief while Jerry Layne is away, lines up to call balls and strikes in the series finale. Now in his 24th big league season, Wendelstedt is 4-6 O/U this campaign, and three of his last four plate assignments at Target Field also failed to reach the scoreboard target.
Warm and sunny is the forecast for Thursday, a few clouds rolling in during the evening but nothing that will bring rain. Afternoon temps are supposed to soar into the mid-90s, and still be in the low-90s at first pitch. A light 6-8 mph SE breeze (in from right) is also in the mix.
That 9-6 final on Wednesday makes the game appear more respectable on Minnesota’s side. The Twins scored three unearned runs off Gerrit Cole, and then added a 4-spot in the ninth when the game was decided for all intents and purposed.
I don’t have a lot of confidence in King on the mound this evening, but have enough confidence in New York bats and relievers to go that direction with my free MLB Pick.
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