The Miami Marlins are just terrible this year, but that was by design. Will it cost Marlins manager Don Mattingly his job, though? Mattingly is in the final year of his four-year contract with the team and boss Derek Jeter hasn’t yet decided – so he says publicly – whether the other former Yankee legend will return in 2020. We’d guess not. Here’s a look at two intriguing early-week MLB matchups, and check back for MLB odds.
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NY Yankees at Oakland
- When: Tuesday, 10 PM ET (ESPN)
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
This could be an ALDS preview – the Yankees might finish with the best record in the American League and if so would then host the Wild-Card winner in the ALDS. The A’s are battling for one of the last AL Wild-Card spots.
Outfielder Stephen Piscotty is expected to be ready to return to the Athletics‘ lineup Tuesday. Piscotty was pulled from Saturday’s game and is sitting out Sunday with a right ankle injury, but he’s expected to be fine after Monday’s off day.
Meanwhile, young Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres is red-hot. He hit two solo homers on Saturday and leads the Majors with seven multi-HR. Torres also leads the club with 29 bombs. Only one Yankees middle infielder in the last 100 years has led the club in home runs (Robinson Canó-27HR in 2013). The the only Yankee to hit at least 30HR in his age-22 season or younger is Joe DiMaggio (46HR in 1937 at age 22). At 22 years, 247 days, Torres became the youngest player in Major League history to record seven multi-HR games in one season.
It’s Domingo German scheduled on the mound for New York and he has become the team’s unlikely ace at 16-2. Even though German is at 120 innings pitched between the major-league club and Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre, the Yankees are not expected to restrict his innings at the end of the season. The right-hander missed several weeks with a hip flexor strain in June which helped to provide a natural limitation on innings. The 27-year-old carries an ERA of 3.96 with a 124:26 K:BB through 20 starts at the major-league level this season. German has won each of his last four starts, posting a 3.70 ERA over that span against the Red Sox (twice), Blue Jays and Orioles.
Oakland counters with trade acquisition Homer Bailey (10-8, 5.22). Bailey picked up the win Wednesday, giving up two hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings while striking out seven in a 9-5 victory over the Giants. The Oakland bullpen made the game interesting after he left, but Bailey dominated the San Francisco lineup for seven frames, tossing 66 of 91 pitches for strikes while not allowing a baserunner past second base. The right-hander will take a 5.22 ERA and 108:47 K:BB through 122.1 innings. Facing the Yankees as a Royal on April 18, Bailey held New York to one run over six innings.
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
- When: Wednesday, 1:10 PM ET (MLB Network)
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
The Twins continue to battle for the Indians for the AL Central title, while the White Sox are playing out the string. The Twins were expected to activate DH Nelson Cruz on Monday. He has been out with a ruptured tendon in his left wrist. Cruz has put up a .294/.384/.650 batting line with 32 homers for the Twins this season.
Over the weekend, Max Kepler hit his 33r homer of the season. Why is that notable? It’s an MLB record for most homers by a player born in Europe. Kepler was born in Germany. Previous record-holder Bobby Thomson drilled 32 home runs in 1951 for the New York Giants. Thomson, who was born in Scotland, gained fame by hitting the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” on the last day of the 1951 season to clinch the National League pennant for the Giants.
The Twins go with All-Star Jake Odorizzi on the mound Wednesday. Odorizzi (13-5) didn’t factor into the decision in Friday’s 4-3 win over the Rangers, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings while striking out five. The right-hander threw 59 of 99 pitches for strikes before getting the hook one out shy of his eighth quality start of the season. Odorizzi will take a 3.50 ERA and 131:46 K:BB through 126 innings. Odorizzi has settled down after allowing six homers in July. He has been taken deep only once in August while allowing four runs in 17 1/3 innings. He struck out nine hitters in 5 1/3 scoreless frames when he last faced the White Sox.
The White Sox goes with its own All-Star in Lucas Giolito. Giolito (13-6) allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over six innings, striking out 11 and earning the win versus the Angels on Friday. Giolito left the game with a 3-2 lead after the solid pitching performance, and an eighth-inning grand slam by James McCann secured the victory. Giolito recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second consecutive game and fourth time overall this year. He has now allowed three runs or fewer in six of his seven starts since the All-Star break. The right-hander owns a 3.41 ERA and 182:51 K:BB through 142.2 innings this season.
Expert MLB Betting Picks
Back the Yankees and Twins.