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Yankees vs Twins Game 2 MLB Playoffs 2010 Picks, Predictions & Odds

by Reno Gold on Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Yankees vs Twins Game 2 MLB Playoffs 2010 Picks, Predictions & Odds: The New York Yankees continued their dominance of the AL Central winners Minnesota by taking Game-1 of the 2010 American League Divisional Series at Target Field in Minneapolis on Wednesday. The Twins will be looking to even things up when the two clubs play on Thursday (6 pm ET). Left-hander Andy Pettitte will take the mound for the Yankees to start this game. Pettitte was 11-3 this season with a 3.28 ERA. The Twins will counter Pettitte with Carl Pavano. Righthander Pavano had a 3.75 ERA to go along with a 17-11 record this season.

Bodog.com oddsmakers list the Yankees as -122 moneyline favorites versus the Twins with a 9-chalk total. Twins backers are getting +112 odds as a home underdog.

Pettitte comes into the postseason having made three starts after missing two months with a groin strain. The reliable performer leads all Major Leaguers in career playoff wins (18) and innings pitched (249).

Pavano has been the veteran leader of the Twins staff, recording a team-high 17 wins while posting a 3.75 ERA in 221 innings and stabilizing the rotation when needed. The right-hander is 2-1 in nine career playoff appearances (three starts).

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Twins in Game 1 of their ALDS on Wednesday. The Yankees won the opener as -150 favorites, and the 10 runs made it OVER that game's posted over/under (7.5) set by sportsbooks. Curtis Granderson also drove in a pair of runs for the Yankees. CC Sabathia scattered five hits and four runs over six innings for the win. Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run dinger for the Twins, while Jesse Crain gave up a pair of runs in relief and was tagged with the loss.

MLB Picks: I expect the Twins, as a home underdog, to win Game-2 as a home underdog.

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