Yankees Like Their Chances Against Twins In AL Wild-Card Game

Sheri Evans
October 4, 2017

Limiting Judge may be the most pivotal task for Twins starter Ervin Santana. Luis Severino will take the bump for the Yanks with Ervin Santana grabbing the ball for the Twins. NY has not made it past the wild-card game since 2012, when it was swept by the Tigers in the the ALCS. It's the Twins against the Yankees in the Bronx, with the right to play in the American League Divisional playoffs at stake. Our pre-game show starts at 6:00 p.m., with the first-pitch just after 7:00 p.m.

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In other words, the Twins aren't supposed to be here and the Yankees aren't supposed to lose. NY is also 0-5 in their last five playoff games and 1-4 in their last five playoff home games.

"If circumstances were different and we weren't playing Tuesday, I might have spent more time thinking about it, to be honest with you", Molitor said.

"They always had so much more postseason experience".

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Perhaps most importantly in an elimination game, the Yankees have the better bullpen. "Dallas Keuchel had a lot of success off of us and it continued in that wild-card game". Severino didn't come back for the 4th inning but his team did as the Yankees went on to win that game 11-3 and sweep the Twins a couple of weeks ago. And while they have an infamously bad record against the Yankees over the past 15 seasons, the Twins have young slugging power of their own in Miguel Sano.

"I think there was a stretch where he was matched up against (Boston's Chris) Sale, (Clevelan's Corey) Kluber, and then Sale again, and I thought he responded really well and pitched really good games", said Yankees manager Joe Girardi prior to Monday's workout.

"I'm thinking long", Severino said when asked about his mind-set entering Tuesday's game. Yankee Stadium is one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the league, and the Yankees use it well. These are not the dominant Yankees of the '00s but another upstart bunch like the Twins, whose rebuilding projects led each team back to the playoffs. He slugged 34 home runs this year and had 93 RBI, all while batting a respectable.269. A win would put the Twins in an ALDS against Cleveland, where Minnesota may need an experienced arm like Colon (5-6). Shortstop Didi Gregorious and outfielder Brett Gardner also established career highs in homers with 25 and 21, respectively. "As long as he's continuing to do his thing, I'm not going to pull him too early".

"I feel good going in".

Dellin Betances said Severino's changeup has given him "three plus-pitches", and that he's noticed a big difference in overall demeanor.

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