Friday, July 24, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Minnesota Twins 7/24

Tonight an old foe and an old nemesis face off head-to-head tonight in Minnesota as the Minnesota Twins play host to the New York Yankees. This will be an entertaining matchup tonight as former Yankees top prospect and pitching star Phil Hughes takes the mound to face off with current Yankees pitching star Michael Pineda. The game will be played in Minnesota’s Target Field at 8:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Pineda has alternated quality dominating starts with mediocre starts ever since the Yankees started messing around with his routine. New York has skipped starts of Pineda’s to limit his innings and pushed him back days with a sixth starter and Pineda has suffered since his 16-strikeout afternoon on May 10th, Mother’s Day 2015. Pineda has been good against Minnesota in his career sporting a 1.64 ERA so maybe tonight we’ll be treated to a dominating start and not a mediocre one.

  • Hughes makes his first start against his former team this season after two lackluster performances in 2014 against the Yankees. Hughes owns a career 5.65 ERA against New York in two starts but he does own a very respectable 3.13 ERA over his last eight starts. Whether “Homer Hughes” of “Philthy Phil” shows up tonight is anyone’s guess but I am definitely hoping for the former and not the latter.

This should be an interesting series for both clubs because both teams are contending in 2015. The Minnesota Twins have long been like the little brother that always gets picked on and beat up to the New York Yankees but Minnesota is in that stage now where they are growing up and getting old and mature enough to defend themselves. New York needs another series win and no win would be sweeter than top get one against their former teammate in Hughes. We may also see Eduardo Nunez lose a helmet or 12 while running down the baseline which always makes for good television. Go Yankees!

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