Twins’ road woes could be cured in New York against Yankees

Phil Hughes, Brian Dozier and the Twins have had a lot of recent success on the road at Yankee Stadium.

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The Minnesota Twins haven’t had an easy time of it on the road, having gone just 3-10 away from Target Field since the All-Star break, but a trip to New York City for a three-game series against the Yankees might be just the cure for them.

Since 2012, only three American League teams have winning road records against the Yankees, and the Twins are tops. A few games in the Big Apple might help Minnesota get back on track before two more away series against the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Best AL Road Records vs. Yankees since 2012

Team Record Win. pct
Minnesota Twins 6-4 .600
Seattle Mariners 8-7 .533
Tampa Bay Rays 18-16 .529

For the season, the Yankees are 32-21 at home, while the Twins are 21-34 on the road. But Minnesota has shown the ability to perform under the bright lights of New York.

One of the reason for the Twins’ recent success at Yankee Stadium has been their ability to keep the Bronx Bombers from doing much bombing there. Minnesota has allowed four or fewer runs to the Yankees the last six times they’ve played in New York, which is one of the longest such streaks in the league.

Longest Active MLB Streaks Allowing 4 or Fewer Runs at Yankee Stadium

Team Games Since
Seattle Mariners 9 05/14/2013
Toronto Blue Jays 7 04/06/2015
Minnesota Twins 6 07/12/2013

If the Twins can keep the Yankees from doing damage early in the games, they should be in good shape to keep their New York success going. The Yankees have scored 96 runs in the first inning, which is the most in any single frame this year.

Most Runs Scored in Any Single Inning, MLB teams in 2015

Team Runs Inning
New York Yankees 96 First
Colorado Rockies 95 Fourth
Toronto Blue Jays 90 Second

With Mark Teixeira, who has a history of clubbing the Twins, typically hitting in the cleanup spot of New York’s lineup, Minnesota will hope to have a three-up, three-down first inning against the Yankees.

Among all active players, Teixeira’s career batting average against the Twins (.369) is the third-highest in baseball against any team.

MLB Active Players, Highest Career Batting Average vs. Any Opponent

Player Opponent BA
Miguel Cabrera Rangers .379
Buster Posey Rockies .371
Mark Teixeira Twins .369
Miguel Cabrera Indians .366
Joey Votto Astros .363

Other notes:

— The Yankees lead the season series against the Twins, 2-1, while scoring at least seven runs in each of their last two meetings with them. However, Minnesota has won four of its last five road games against the Yankees.

— Minnesota is just 10-18 since the All-Star break — tied with Boston and Oakland for the worst record in the AL in that span. The Twins have just two victories in their last 12 road games.

— The Yankees have scored a total of just one run during their current three-game home losing streak and will be looking to avoid dropping four in a row there for the first time since August of 2014.

— Kyle Gibson is 0-3 with a 7.39 ERA in his last five starts after going 4-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his previous four outings. Gibson is 1-3 with a 10.70 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees — the highest ERA in his career versus any opponent.

— CC Sabathia, who is winless in his last five starts overall (0-1), is 17-9 in his career against the Twins — the second-most victories of any active pitcher versus Minnesota (Mark Buehrle, 30).

— Alex Rodriguez is hitting just .143 in 13 games this August — his lowest batting average in any month so far this season. Rodriguez had three home runs in his last meeting with the Twins back on July 25. Since that date, he has homered just once in 18 games.

Statistics courtesy of STATS, Inc.