Saturday, June 18, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Minnesota Twins 6/18

The New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins continue their four game series tonight when they face off head-to-head in Game Three inside Target Field. The offense has been lackluster for both teams for much of this 2016 campaign so once again tonight it will likely come down to the pitching and the Yankees hope they are sending one of their best out there again tonight. I say hope because the Yankees still don’t know what to expect when they send tonight’s starter Michael Pineda to the mound every five days and neither do I to be completely honest but I hope for the best. Opposing Pineda will be Ricky Nolasco for the Minnesota Twins.

Pineda has pitched much better in his last three starts and he is saying a slight mechanical adjustment and the return of his slider are to blame for the resurgence. Whatever the culprit the Yankees will take his 2.89 ERA in his last three starts after posting a 6.92 ERA in his first ten starts of the season.

Nolasco has been a quality start machine lately for the Twins delivering his latest on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Nolasco won his third game of the season in the outing to lead the team but has not pitched well overall in June. Nolasco’s June stats are 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA.

The game will be played at 2:10 pm ET inside Target Field and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV. Saturday afternoon Yankees baseball in the dead heat of summer is like apple pie to me, it is part of being alive and part of being American. I love it and I love it more when the Yankees win… so win. Go Yankees!

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