Yankees Flounder From Fatigue at Minnesota Monday

Doug Upstone

Monday, July 17, 2017 4:18 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 17, 2017 4:18 PM UTC

For those betting baseball, the question on the Yankees will be energy left. Sure New York just came off the All-Star break, but how will the tired Yanks react Monday night in the Twin Cities?

Because of Saturday's 16-inning marathon against Boston, the Yankees were two innings shy of playing the equivalent four games in 34 hours and as compared to the host Twins tonight, New York had to fly overnight after splitting the four-game series.

Will Joe Girardi's guys just mail this one in or will they suck it up knowing this is one of seven more road games this week and they have to play anyway? I'll suck up my Tampa Bay loss yesterday, which left me at 25-18 of late and look to beat the MLB odds again.


Pitching Matchup: Mitchell Vs. Meija

With Michael Pineda done for the season, Joe Girardi turns to Bryan Mitchell tonight. The 26-year-old right-hander is 1-1 in dozen relief appearances this year with a 5.06 ERA. At Triple-A this season, Mitchell was 2-2 with 3.60 ERA. Last September, he got a call up and made five starts and was 1-2 with 4.16 ERA, but control was an issue with 10 walks and only 11 strikeouts in 25 innings.

After a brutal June 12 start (9 runs on 9 hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings), rookie Adalberto Mejia (4-4, 4.43 ERA) has gotten much better with a 2.59 ERA covering his last four starts. Though improving, the left-hander is still averaging a walk for every two innings tossed, which has led to WHIP of 1.48. Two areas of concern coming into tonight about Mejia: 5.62 ERA at Target Field and allowing a .319 batting average against lefty hitters.


New York Needs Vets To Up Game

After being baseball's best offense for three months, the Yanks are averaging a mere 3.3 runs per game in July. Even Aaron Judge is slumping and he looks as fatigued as anyone after winning Home Run Derby and making All-Star appearance. This is precisely where Girardi needs one of his veteran players needs to step up, be it a Chase Headley, Matt Holliday, Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury, and carry the club individually or collectively the rest of the week.

Minnesota is also in the doldrums. Since three-game sweep at Cleveland, the Twins are 6-11 and it has been a combination of sketchy offense and poor relief pitching that has doomed manager Paul Molitor's squad. Granted, the Twinkies have overachieved all season as -65 run differential proves, yet they remain in AL Central race and have to win more to hang in.


Odds, Head-To-Head & Bullpen Numbers

New York is a smallish -112 favorite with a total of 10. The Yankees have definitely enjoyed their time in Minneapolis, being winners of 10 of 12 and in the past two years the 'over' is 6-1. Girardi's bullpen was very strong in the final three games in Boston and is 3rd in ERA the AL, with the Twins laboring at 13th.


The Winner Is ... 

Whew, tough call for MLB picks. The Yankees just own the Twins, having won 46 of last 61 contests and Minny is 20-28 at home. Nevertheless, Minnesota faces a starting pitcher it can hit, New York has to be tired and the Pinstripes have dropped 12 of their last 17 away affairs. A slight nod to the Twinkies.

Free MLB Pick: Twins -103Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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