The Minnesota Twins (68-65) are on the road to face the New York Yankees (81-54) at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. The Yankees took Monday’s series opener 5-2, their third head-to-head victory in four games this season. Reliever Greg Weissert was credited with the win after throwing 1.1 scoreless innings, and Clay Holmes earned his 19th save with a scoreless ninth. Aaron Judge went 2 for 3 with a home run and a double in the win. He scored two runs and had two RBIs. Isiah Kiner-Falefa added a solo home run. Gary Sanchez was 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Twins.
ON THE MOUND
Joe Ryan (10-7, 3.65 ERA) is slated to start for Minnesota. The righty allowed five runs over five innings in his last start, a 6-5 road defeat against the Red Sox on Wednesday. He was charged with the loss, giving up eight hits while striking out eight and walking one. For New York, righty Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.31 ERA) gets the start. He has made one prior start against the Twins this season, giving up seven runs over 2.1 innings in a 10-7 road win on June 9. He gave up eight hits and walked two, while striking out three in the no-decision. In his last start on Wednesday, Cole took the loss on the road against the Angels. He threw seven innings and gave up three runs (2 ER) on six hits, striking out four and walking one in the 3-2 defeat. The righty leads MLB in strikeouts (204).
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Minnesota has averaged only 3.0 runs a game, down from their season average of 4.4, while performing worse across the board (.218/.283/.327). Against right-handed pitchers like Cole this season, the Twins have a .734 OPS. Jorge Polanco has been the team’s biggest on-base threat against right-handers with a .373 OBP in 357 at-bats. New York is averaging only 2.0 runs per game in the last five, down from 4.9 for the season, with their slash line slipping across the board (.157/.232/.294). The Yanks have a .729 OPS against right-handers in 2022. With a .468 SLG over 361 at-bats, Anthony Rizzo has been their best power hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Minnesota is 28-36 on the road in 2022, scoring 4.6 runs per game while allowing 4.6 runs. New York has won four in a row at home. The Yanks are 46-20 at home this season, averaging 5.0 runs per game while surrendering 3.3. In the last 10 games between the teams at Yankee Stadium, New York is 9-1 with an average scoreline of 6.6-3.2.
The Twins lead the AL Central by zero games over the Guardians. The Yankees lead the AL East by five games over the Rays.
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