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  1. #1
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    Aug 2002

    Afternoon Baseball Part of 3 Winners For Tuesday

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    Minnesota Twins (Santana) at New York Yankees (Mussina) 1:06 pm EST

    Minnesota - Santana +170 (2 Units)

    Starters: Well, we know Mike Mussina has a 20-2 career record against Minnesota and that is very hard to overlook. He has gone downhill in each month of the season but 1 (August) and his ERA is nearly one run higher in the last 3 months than in the first 3 (3.83-2.95). The pressure will be on him to perform as well as he has in the past and that might get to him early. What we do have is a very hot pitcher going against him. Johan Santana joined the Twins rotation on July 11 and went 11-2 with a 2.10 ERA in 18 starts. Only Esteban Loaiza and Pedro Martinez topped his 88 strikeouts after the All-Star break. Minnesota is 6-2 in his 8 road starts while Santana has posted a 1.94 ERA away from home.

    Bullpen: We figure the bullpens are about even. Rivera has the advantage over Guardado, but the Twins have the advantage in the rest of the pen. Hawkins and Romero can be nasty setup men. Eric Milton could be a key for the Twins. A one-time mainstay of the rotation, Milton missed most of the season with a knee injury. He'll give the Twins a lefty who can eat some innings in the bullpen if called upon. Nelson is not the same pitcher he was back in 2000 during his last playoff stint with the Yankees. Osuna and White have struggled the last 3 months, with Hammond being their best go to guy at the moment.

    Offense: Against righties, the Twins are hitting .285 on the season while the Yankees are hitting .266 against lefties. New York is hitting .265 at home on the season, while the Twins are hitting .276 on the road.

    Other: The Twins will be loose, relaxed, allowing their talent to come to the surface. The Twins know the Yankees will be playing on the edge from the first pitch, and will try to push them over. All the talk is about how Minnesota cannot beat the Yankees. They have lost 13 straight. This year, the Yankees dominated the Twins, winning all seven games by a cumulative score of 49-13. But that was in the first month of the season and times have changed. The Twins are the hottest team in the league since the All-Star break. "Well, you know, there are certain clubs that over time you end up having good numbers against," Mussina said. "And it just so happens that this team is one of them. But I don't really think it means anything in this situation. These are the playoffs. Having good numbers against a team we've played two years in a row now in April, I don't think this is at all the same team as it was in April." Minnesota presents a challenge much like Anaheim did last season, as the Twins' lineup boasts a group of contact hitters who won't go down easy. The four-game series against Anaheim came down to one thing for the Yankees, starting pitching. Actually, it was the lack of starting pitching that did them in. New York's starters went 0-1 with a 10.41 ERA in the four-game series. We will ride the hot Santana in game 1 at a very nice price.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 1999
    Nice call and write up. I didn't play it but I'm happy for ya and will look for ur next write up.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Thanks Natty.


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