The Yankees may be favored to win Tuesday's Wild Card game, but they will have to beat Minnesota's best pitcher in Ervin Santana to do so. He appeared in the Twins' final series of the regular season, going 1-for-8 in three games. On the hill, Luis Severino has budded into an ace-like pitcher with an All-Star season that included a 14-6 record, 2.98 ERA that ranked third in the American League and 230 strikeouts, which ranked sixth in the majors. Judge led the AL and shattered the rookie record with his 52 home runs.
The victor of this game will advance to play the defending American League champion Indians in the AL Division Series starting Friday in Cleveland.
It's time to start the drive on the road to the fall classic tonight at 8 p.m. Central on Tuesday, with first pitch not slated until more than 10 hours later.
After losing 103 games in 2016 and having failed to make the postseasons since 2010, the Twins are back in the playoff picture in a big way. "He's always getting in good counts". Each team now has three games left, and the Yankees are now up on the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Second, Sano got pinch-hit for in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday, and told reporters after the game that his shin was bothering him as he ran to first. Here's a look at Santana's key head-to-head matchups against the Yankees as Severino's head-to-head statistics against the Twins are too limited. The Twins only 2 wins in their postseason history against the New York Yankees had given them a 1-0 series lead.
"We realize we've still got a lot of work to do", said outfielder Brett Gardner. Let us know your thoughts (or 'Takes) on the Twins playing the New York Yankees in the postseason!
"We're just going to try to treat it like we have the whole season coming here", Judge said. The Twins have the offense to do it, and it's worth noting Severino had his worst start of the season against the Twins, giving up three runs on five hits over just three innings on September 20.
"OK, well, tomorrow will be one", Santana said when asked about his prior appearances in the Bronx by ESPN's Buster Olney. And there are still have guys like Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco. This being the best teams won a lot and the not-good teams lost a lot. "Whether he's going to start or not, I still haven't inked it in yet, but I'm waiting to have him on the bench". The Yankees will roll with 23-year-old Luis Severino in this Wild Card game.