This is a risky pick, especially since Severino only lasted three innings in a start against Minnesota last month and allowed three runs. The 61-year old native of St. Paul has done a masterful job, guiding the team into postseason play after the organization were sellers at the trade deadline this year and is the odds-on favorite to win AL Manager of The Year. The Yankees host the Twins Tuesday night in the first official game of the 2017 Major League Baseball playoffs. And why not? Nobody outside the organization expected them to get his after, and anything can happen in one game.
For the Yankees, the only move of note on the wild-card roster was having CC Sabathia over Jaime Garcia. Where the victor will be able to play a real series against the Cleveland Indians.
Teams: Minnesota Twins vs.
That was until the Twins turned things around, starting with a six-game winning streak in early August. For Minnesota to win, Santana will have to be lights out. Their 5.03 runs per game ranked seventh in the majors.
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They will play the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the one game American League Wild Card match up.
To do so, NY must defeat the pesky Minnesota Twins Thursday night. Maybe he can do it again. Ideally, given all hands on deck for both teams, they’d love the Twins and the Yankees to burn through not just Severino and Santana, but Berrios, Gray, and if they can swing it, Gibson and Tanaka as well. The Twins have only 13 plate appearances against him, obviously a small sample size.
NY eliminated the small-market Twins in the Division Series four times from 2003-10, repeatedly dashing the World Series aspirations of a largely homegrown lineup. They are 9-21 in 30 regular-season games over nine seasons in this ballpark, including a three-game sweep by NY just last week. This is a one-game, winner-takes-all, so home-field advantage could play a key role. Those numbers may not seem like much, but keep in mind that Bird hit four of those nine homers and hit.379 in his last nine games.
NY has some capable hitters on their roster. Hildenberger seems to have claimed the role of the most effective reliever in the Twins bullpen and has been used to get important outs, not simply pigeonholed into being the Twins closer.
Brandon Kintzler is the anchor of the Minnesota bullpen, posting a 2.78 ERA with 28 saves.
Luis Severino will be on the mound for the Yankees. First pitch is at 7:09 and the game will be televised on ESPN.
The Yankees swept the Twins in the only series between the two clubs at Yankee Stadium.
I saw it coming though as I predicted the Twins make a postseason this year all the way back last year.
NY needed four games to beat Minnesota in both the 2003 and 2004 ALDS.