MLB Picks: Bet Yankees - 101 vs. Twins

Joe Catalano

Monday, July 1, 2013 4:00 AM GMT

Monday, Jul. 1, 2013 4:00 AM GMT

After 5 consecutive losses and falling into 4th place in the American League East Division, the New York Yankees (42-39) desperately need a win.

The Yanks call upon 41 year old Andy Pettitte to extinguish the flames as the Yanks invade the city of Minneapolis as they face the Twins (36-42).

First pitch is set for tonight at 8:10 pm ET at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This game can be seen on the YES Channel and MLB TV.com.

Bet 365 Sportsbook lists the Twins as a -109 betting odds favorite and the total for the game is 8.5 runs. The betting line is very unstable and you can find a wide range of better prices.

Can Andy Save the Day?

Historically, everytime the New York Yankees have had a must win game, Andy Pettitte has bailed them out.

This season, with all of the Yankees’ injuries and Pettitte’s age, he’s less equipped to do so. I mean, when’s the last time that you’ve seen  Pettitte with a losing record?

Pettitte has pitched good enough to keep the Yankees in games, but has lost 3 games in a row due to their inept offense.

Can Andy Pettitte once again save the Yankees’ bacon and come up with that much needed win?

The Yankees are coming off of a 4-2 loss to Baltimore. Chris Davis proceeds to tee off on the Yankees as he knows that left center field in Camden Yards is the place to bang out short home runs. It’s worked as he leads the league with 31 home runs and has destroyed the Yankees. One positive for the Yankees is that Robinson Cano is slowly starting to get his stroke back.

Robbie’s Back?

Cano is the leader of the Yankees and always hits above.300 except for this season. Cano has seen his batting average dip into the .270’s and I can’t recall a time where that’s happened before.

In his last 3 games, Cano is 7 for 13 with 3 runs, 2 HR and 2 RBI. His batting average is up to a respectable .287 and facing Minnesota starter Scott Diamond (5-7, 5.40), this is where we could possibly see another huge game out of Robbie.

Guys like Ichiro Suzuki are starting to hit the ball better. This is the time that the Yankees need to hold their ground because they can go from playoff potential to basement.

Something’s Missing

Minnesota doesn’t lack for hitting as their 9-8 defeat on Sunday expresses, but just like Milwaukee, their pitching staff is awful and a major reason why their near the bottom of their division.

Suprisingly on Sunday, Joe Mauer ( 0 for 5 ) was one of the only Twins to not get a hit as the Twins belted out 3 home runs in defeat.

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PED CLUB?

Justin Morneau reminds me of Jacoby Ellsbury in which there’s a lot of production , but their home run totals are practically non-existent.

On the season, Morneau has 4 home runs (1 yesterday) with 48 RBI and a .291 BA. Morenau is 7 for his last 15 with 4 doubles, 1 HR and 6 RBI in a 4 game span. Could Morneau be a member of the “PED Club”. Power doesn’t decrease so dramatically.

Normally I’d say that Minnesota is hitting well and this could spell trouble for New York and their backer's MLB picks. From about 17 years of experience, I know that you never underestimate Andy Pettitte. Look for Pettitte to come up big in a huge game for New York.

Pick- New York Yankees -101 at Bet 365

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