Twins vs. Yankees (September 6): Will Cole make up for season-worst start in Twins rematch?

Eddie Griffin

If the New York Yankees didn’t have Aaron Judge, they would be in a pretty bad place right now. But they do, and he delivered yet another big hit yesterday to help the Bronx Bombers pick up a vital win over the Minnesota Twins.

In Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Judge collected three hits, including his 53rd homer, and scored both of New York’s runs.

Yesterday, Judge had two more hits and broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with his 54th homer, a majestic two-run blast that put the Yankees up 4-2 on the way to a 5-2 win.

Thanks to Judge’s clutch performances over the last two games, along with some great pitching from both the rotation and bullpen, the Yankees have steadied the ship at least somewhat.

Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees Matchup Information and Betting Odds

Matchup Information

  • Matchup: Minnesota Twins (68-65, 28-36 away, 2nd in the AL Central) vs. New York Yankees (81-54, 46-20 home, 1st in the AL East)
  • Venue & Location: Yankee Stadium (New York, New York)
  • Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:05 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Twins vs. Yankees TV Info: TBS

Twins vs. Yankees Pitching Matchup

  • Minnesota: Joe Ryan (2022: 22 starts, 10-7, 3.88 ERA)
  • New York: Gerrit Cole (2022: 27 starts, 10-7, 3.28 ERA)

Twins vs. Yankees Odds

Game odds are via FanDuel. Odds from other legal sports betting sites that we have reviewed may also be mentioned in this article.

Moneyline

  • Minnesota Twins +172
  • New York Yankees -205

Over/Under

  • Over 7 (-108)
  • Under 7 (-112)

Run Line

  • Minnesota Twins +1.5 (-128)
  • New York Yankees -1.5 (+106)

Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees Prediction and Picks

Twins vs. Yankees Prediction: New York to win

Twins vs. Yankees Pick: Gerrit Cole over 7.5 strikeouts (Best Value: -116 at FanDuel)

The Twins don’t whiff a lot, averaging a little over eight strikeouts per game. But they went above that average in yesterday’s game, whiffing a total of nine times.

Cole’s worst start of the season–and one of the worst of his career–came against the Twins at Target Field on June 9, as he allowed seven runs, eight hits–including five homers–and three walks in just 2.1 innings.

He’ll no doubt be eager to make up for that tonight at home, where he has allowed two or fewer runs eight times in 14 starts.

Cole tallied only nine strikeouts in his first two starts this season (both of which were at home), but he has since struck out eight or more in nine of 12 home starts and 14 times overall. And of his seven double-digit strikeout games, four have come at home.

If things are going well for Cole, he will very likely pitch into or through the seventh inning. And in the 13 times he has pitched at least 6.1 innings, he has tallied eight or more strikeouts 11 times.

For the season, the Twins are hitting better against righties (.250) than lefties (.243) and in games started by RHP (.253) than in games started by LHP (.237).

But in their last three games, they haven’t generated a great deal against Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, or Jameson Taillon, which doesn’t really bode well for how they will fare against Cole.

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Eddie Griffin
Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.