MLB Picks: Bet Yankees -177 vs. Twins

Jeff Grant

Friday, July 12, 2013 12:34 PM GMT

The Minnesota Twins have lost all 12 of their Friday games this season, as they prepare to open up a three-game series against the New York Yankees.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this matchup at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Check out our Friday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Miserable run 

Minnesota is 1-6 on its current 10-game road trip, which includes a 4-3 setback to the Tampa Bay Rays as +208 underdogs Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest. 

The Twins are 0-12 when playing on Friday this season, while they own the AL’s worst road record at 16-29.

The captain is back 

New York has won two games in a row, including an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals as -117 home favorites yesterday afternoon, as the club welcomed back captain Derek Jeter to the lineup. 

The Yankees are 16-7 at home with a betting total of 8 to 8.5, with no edge in terms of the betting total in that situation (11-11-1 Over/Under). 

Diamond 

Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (5-8, 5.52 ERA) has watched the club drop five of his last six outings, including an 11-5 road loss to the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, as he allowed six runs and eight hits over 4.2 frames. 

The left-hander is 3-3 with a 5.36 ERA in eight road outings, with opposing hitters batting .309 against him.

In two career games versus the Yankees, Diamond has compiled an 0-1 record and 5.91 ERA, including a no-decision effort in a 10-4 home loss on July 1. 

Kuroda

Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 2.77 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 2-1 home loss to the Baltimore Orioles last time out, as he surrendered three hits over seven solid innings. 

The right-hander is 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA in nine home games this season, with opposing hitters batting .213 against him. 

Kuroda suffered a 6-5 home loss to the Twins in his only career start against them on April 18, 2012, as he gave up six runs and 10 hits over 4.1 frames.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the New York Yankees as one of their MLB picks Friday, as the Minnesota Twins are 1-5 in their last six games as road underdogs of +151 to +200. 

MLB Pick:  New York Yankees -177 at Bet365