Twins face Yankees tonight in AL Wild Card


The Yankees have not won a playoff game since 2012 and also haven't scored a playoff run since then as well. If they can get past the Yankees in the AL wild card game-and no, their four series losses to the Bronx Bombers from 2003-10 aren't relevant here-it's hard to see how manager Paul Molitor can steer them past the Indians given a shaky rotation that will be limited to one start from staff ace Ervin Santana.

NY counters with Luis Severino, who is 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA. Sabathia just pitched Saturday, but the Yankees could potentially use him to get one out or if there is an long, extra-innings game. The Minnesota Twins take on the New York Yankees in the big apple. The lines are reflected quite accurately in this Wild Card game and I believe the Yankees should move on to the ALDS and end the Twins' season. The more realistic candidate, though, is Aroldis Chapman late in the game.

The Twins will play the New York Yankees tonight in Yankee Stadium. He is the only Twin remaining from the Yankees" consecutive series sweeps in 2009 and "10. Twins won two of three games vs. the Yankees in Minnesota from July 17-19.

NY has some capable hitters on their roster. On paper, Yankees have a huge advantage in the bullpen.

It doesn't matter if the Twins win or lose, really - Cleveland just wants them to make NY play the game. Twins went 7-12 against the defending AL champs this season; Yankees were 2-5.

"As the second wild card, I am fully supportive of this endeavor", deadpanned Twins General Manager Thad Levine. He has just five errors in 400 total chances. Mauer, the three-time AL batting champ, posted his eighth.300 season but first since 2013, when a concussion cut short his season and ended his days as a catcher. The Yankees have played well at home all year long, boasting a 51-30 record, compared to their poor road record of 40-41. Buxton's streak of consecutive steals is at 24. Dozier also led the Twins in RBIs with 93. The Twins offense played well in September as well, and they're a team we shouldn't take for granted going into the playoffs.

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One year into a youth movement, the Yankees boast rookie slugger Aaron Judge and some strong pitching arms.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino works out at Yankees Stadium, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in New York.

"That's what it's all about: postseason baseball", Judge says. The Dodgers are second with 31. Six of those appearances Hildenberger commanded the mound for more than 2 innings, and in only 3 of those 15 games did Hildenberger allow any runs. 140 of those 241 were hit at home (58%). Judge and Sanchez combined for 85, most by a pair of teammates 25 or younger and one more than Milwaukee's Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun in 2007.

Sano was an integral part of the Twins' success in 2017, hitting.264/.352/.507 with 28 home runs in 114 games in his third major league season.

Sano sat out 38 games before returning Friday but was lifted for a pinch-hitter Sunday after feeling discomfort in the leg.

The biggest key in the game is to have the lead after six innings. He throws hard and has nasty off-speed pitches. There have been times this season when he hasn't been able to do that consistently, including in his start at NY two weeks ago. Belisle has converted nine of 11 save opportunities since Kintzler was traded. "He might not get a hit and might be the most important player on the field, and there's not a lot of people who can fill that bill".