Minnesota Twins
New York Yankees
Sat, Oct 5 - 5:07p ET   |   MLBN
By Landon Smith

Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees ALDS Game 2 Betting Tips

Game Two of the ALDS between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees will take place on Saturday afternoon from the Bronx

Betting Odds & Stats

Minnesota TwinsLinesNew York Yankees
+162Opening Odds-180
+162 (-130)Spread-180 (110)
Over 9.5 (-101)TotalUnder 9.5 (-119)
Minnesota TwinsConcensusNew York Yankees
Over 0%TotalUnder 0%
Minnesota TwinsScore and statNew York Yankees
11Predicted Score2
Randy DobnakStatsMasahiro Tanaka

Minnesota Twins +162


Randy Dobnak
Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher

Note: Dobnak has just 28 1/3 major-league innings under his belt, so it certainly came as a surprise when the rookie was announced as the starter after Game 1.

The Twins hung tough in Game 1 last night, leading or having the game tied as late as the fifth inning. However, New York just kept pouring it on and eventually Minnesota couldn’t keep up.

The bullpen will have to sharpen up in a hurry as they were roughed up for seven earned runs after Berrios left the game after the fourth inning. Offensively, the hero was shortstop Jorge Polanco who went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and two walks, yet the rest of the lineup was fairly quiet outside of a couple more solo shots.

The Minnesota Twins are set to start Randy Dobnak (2-1, 1.59 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he went 6 scoreless innings while striking put 6 batters against the Detroit Tigers. Randy Dobnak has never recorded a start against the New York Yankees, but he had success in his 5 road appearances this season as he is posting a 0.56 ERA.

It’s an interesting strategy for the Twins, who are obviously splitting the starts of Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi. Dobnak finished the regular season with back-to-back decision wins over the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals.

Twins are 4-17 in their last 21 Divisional Playoff games. Twins are 5-22 in their last 27 playoff games. Twins are 0-5 in their last 5 Divisional Playoff road games. Twins are 0-6 in their last 6 playoff road games.


Bet This Match

New York Yankees -180


Masahiro Tanaka
New York Yankees Starting Pitcher

Note: It is no surprise the rotation was set up for Tanaka to pitch at home after he went 8-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 16 starts at Yankee Stadium compared to 3-6 with a 6.05 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts) on the road.

The New York Yankees come into this matchup with a 1-0 record in the series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning game 1 against the Minnesota Twins, 10-4. James Paxton received the starting nod for the New York Yankees, and he struggled as he gave up 3 earned runs in 4.2 innings.

DJ LeMahieu had a big game from the plate for the New York Yankees as he went 3 for 5 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. Tanaka is making his sixth career postseason start and is looking for a third win in a row.

The 30-year-old has been downright nasty in these high-pressured games, allowing fewer than five hits in each start and sports a 1.50 ERA over 30 playoff innings. In the regular season, the Pinstripes went 11-5 SU and 10-6 ATS over Tanaka’s 16 home starts where he had a respectable 3.10 ERA and the total went UNDER in nine of those games as well.

Yankees are 39-14 in their last 53 home games against a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. Yankees are 21-8 in their last 29 during game 2 of a series. Yankees are 57-24 in their last 81 games on grass. Yankees are 40-17 in their last 57 Saturday games.

The Picks: Minnesota Twins +162, Over 9.5


Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees Extra Points
Minnesota 2B Jonathan Schoop wasn't in the Game 1 starting lineup, but that likely will change Saturday as he is 9-for-31 with three homers and three doubles against Tanaka.
New York DH Edwin Encarnacion (oblique) went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI on Friday in his first action since Sept. 12.
Cruz, SS Jorge Polanco and 3B Miguel Sano hit solo homers for the Twins in the series opener.




By Landon Smith, on 5:07p ET