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The Twins put the hurt on the Yankees in game one of the series like few teams have this year, winning 8-1 on Wednesday. But Thursday is a different story. The Yankees have such a significant pitching advantage, it’s hard to imagine the Twins keeping it close.
Garcia’s 2022 record: (18-12)
The Yankees have rolled all season long, particularly in Gerrit Cole’s starts. Cole, one of the best pitchers in baseball who somehow doesn’t have a Cy Young, has rebounded after a slow start to the season to emerge once again as one of the best arms in the AL.
Cole has thrown six innings or more in each of his past eight outings, and posting quality starts in all but one of those outings. He comes off his best start of the year, when he had a perfect game with two outs in the seventh against the Tigers, before finishing with just two hits allowed, no walks and nine strikeouts.
In his past two starts, he’s given up just one earned run on four hits and three walks with 19 strikeouts in 13 innings.
On the season, he’s 5-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 81 strikeouts (3rd in baseball) in 64.2 innings.
He’s countered by Dylan Bundy, who has struggled in his first year in Minnesota. Bundy has made nine starts, going 3-3 on the season with a 5.57 ERA and 1.45 WHIP while striking out 36 batters in 42 innings.
Bundy has yet to throw a quality start this season and comes off his second-worst start of the year, allowing five runs in 2.1 innings to the Blue Jays. He has allowed 30 earned runs in 26.2 innings in his past six starts.
Despite the Yankees lackluster offensive performance offensively on Wednesday, they still have possibly the most dominant offense in all of baseball.
Aaron Judge is playing at an MVP level, he leads the league in home runs (22) and OPS (1.070), is sixth in RBIs (45) and 12th in batting average (.315).
The Yankees have seven players with more than 100 at-bats who have OBP’s at .314 or better and as a team, the Yankees are hitting .246, with a .324 OBP and .752 OPS.
Minnesota also has a great offense and has scored the fourth-most runs in the American League and now that Carlos Correa is back from the Covid-19 list, has its depth back once again.
On Wednesday Byron Buxton, Gio Urshela, and Jose Miranda all had multiple hits while six different batters drove in at least one run. As a team, Minnesota ranks 7th in batting average, 7th in OBP and 12th in slugging percentage.
For Minnesota, we’re going to watch Luis Arraez who has been the team’s best player in games at Target Field. The 25-year-old is 31-for-78 (.397) with a team-best .478 OBP in games at home.
On the other side, keep an eye on Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who has been dominant when away from Yankee Stadium. New York’s shortstop is 25-for-78 (.321) in 24 road games this season with a .382 OBP.
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|New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins Information|
|Teams||New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins|
|Location||Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Time||Thursday, June 9, 7:40 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||Bally Sports North, MLB.TV|
Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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