After sweeping the Twins in a four game set in Minnesota last week, the Twins are headed to the Bronx for a three game set before the All Star Game weekend.
Game One (Friday, 12th July, 7:05 PM) Hiroki Kuroda vs Scott Diamond:
The Yankees are set to face off on Friday night in what we can be assured will be a game with a lot of hitting power for the Yankees. Diamond, 26, has an ERA of 5.52 with a record of 5-8 so this year has certainly not been kind to him. The Yankee bats should be looking forward to this clash, whereas the Twins bats should be fearful. Hiroki Kuroda has been in great form this season and his record of 7-6 doesn’t reflect how dominant he has been. Let Kuroda’s ERA speak for itself. The Japanese SP has an outstanding ERA of 2.77 and the only reason why he does not have many more wins is because of the lack of run support from the Yankee bats. With Robinson Cano, Ichiro Suzuki, Vernon Wells, and Lyle Overbay hitting top form and Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez returning from injury, this team is better than the one that swept the Twins a week ago so I fully expect the Yankees to pound Scott Diamond and take game one 7-2.
Game Two (Saturday, 13th July, 1:05 PM) Phil Hughes vs Samuel Deduno:
The Yankees have not had the best experiences with Phil Hughes this season whereas Samuel Deduno has been solid for the Twins in the middle of their rotation. I’m going to state this now. The Yankees will pound Deduno if the Phil Hughes, who was once a highly touted prospect, shows up. On his day Hughes like a potential Cy Young award winner, sadly those days don’t seem to be coming that often. Phil Hughes has had a string of bad starts but I expect him to break out of this cold spell and help the Yankees get the W. Deduno has an ERA of 6.00 in July and I expect his woes to continue as the Yankees bats heat up once again and pound Deduno and beat the Twins 5-3 in the second game of the three game set.
Game Three (Sunday, 14th July, 1:05 PM) CC Sabathia vs Kyle Gibson:
The Yankees will have their ace on the mound for their last game before the All Star Break and he will be facing off against rookie, Kyle Gibson. Gibson has been abysmal ever since he came into the MLB having an ERA of 7.27 with a 1-2 record over his three starts and has an ERA of 9.53 in July. I expect the woes the continue for Gibson and the success to start coming in for CC Sabathia. Sabathia has been inconsistent at times this season but has shown signs of his brilliance and in a game where the pressure is on the shoulders of the other pitcher, I expect Sabathia to show his Cy Young form once again. The Yankee bats should have a fun time against the abysmal Kyle Gibson and I thoroughly believe that a sweep is on our hands once again. I believe that the Yankees will sweep the Twins in style with a 8-1 win over the Twins.