MLB Picks: Bet Yankees -177 vs. Twins

Jeff Grant

Friday, July 12, 2013 12:34 PM GMT

Friday, Jul. 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). 


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. 


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.



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

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