Sabathia & The Yankees Drop Twins in the Bronx

CC Sabathia Yankees

Willie Bee

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 1:22 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017 1:22 PM GMT

The Yankees still have designs on catching the Red Sox in the AL East race, and they’re favorites on the MLB odds Tuesday night to take down the Minnesota Twins.

Nursing a slim lead for the second AL wild card, the Minnesota Twins look to at least hold that margin and level their set in New York against the Yankees. ESPN will televise the 7 PM (ET) clash that finds the young vs, the old for a mound matchup,  Jose Berrios (12-7, 3.84) for the Twins against CC Sabathia (11-5, 3.85). New York is -150 chalk with 8½ for the total.

New York eked out a 2-1 decision Monday, Bookmaker closing the Yankees -159 and the win giving them a 5-game cushion over Minnesota atop the AL wild card race. The clubs are 2-2 against one another this year, but New York has dominated the Twins on this field, taking six of the last seven and 19 of 28 overall. Four of the last five in the Bronx have been ‘under’ winners.

 

Sabathia Working On Extra Rest

Berrios has run hot and cold since the beginning of August, the Puerto Rican allowing five runs or more in four of his eight starts and two runs or less in the other four. Three of those ugly outings came on the road where he owns a 5.14 ERA this year compared to 2.45 at home where the Twins are 9-1 behind their young hurler. His only experience against the Yankees came in July at home, a winner with Berrios allowing one run and chucking into the seventh.

New York skipper Joe Girardi appears to be practicing his best Sparky Anderson playoff pitching staff management impersonation lately, pulling arms quick and often. He did it last week when Sabathia was on the hill against the Rays at Citi Field, yanking the southpaw an out into the fourth after 88 pitches with a 5-1 lead. That would end up being the final, giving the cheese to New York backers laying -140 on the MLB odds. Ol’ Crooked Cap is 6-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 career starts vs. the Twins since joining the Yankees in 2009.

 

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Gabe Morales is next up in Gary Cederstrom’s crew to call balls and strikes, the 33 year old 12-15-1 O/U/P as far as totals go this season. The Californian worked the dish here back in May when the Yankees hosted the Astros, and the 8½ run total was doubled in New York’s 11-6 victory. Home favorites up to -160 have struggled a bit with Morales behind the plate (5-9).

There is a 20%-25% chance of rain this evening in the Big Apple, but we’re more concerned with the wind which is forecast in the 20-25 mph range from the NNE (LF corner to 1B). I’m laying the chalk with a free baseball pick on the pinstripe posse.

Free MLB Pick: Yankees -150Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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