Yankees -Twins: AL Wild Card Game preview

Yankees -Twins: AL Wild Card Game preview

Yankees -Twins: AL Wild Card Game preview

Twins counterpart Jason Castro, it should be noted, allowed three of the Yankees' four stolen bases (two while Santana was pitching) on September 18.

The Twins have some experience in the one-game format, having played 2 Game 163 tiebreaker games in 2008, a 1-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox with Nick Blackburn going 6.1 innings and John Danks shutting down the Twins for 8 innings, and in 2009, a insane extra-innings affair that would end with an Alexi Casilla game-winning hit in the bottom of the 12th that scored Carlos Gomez and gave Bobby Keppel the one and only win in his career.

Severino will be opposed by Twins righthander Ervin Santana, who went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA. However, he might be relegated to a pinch-hitting role as Eduardo Escobar likely plays third in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday.

The Twins finished 85-77, their highest victory total since they won 94 in 2010.

The Minnesota Twins were surprisingly in contention for a postseason spot during the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season that concluded Sunday, and they made it.

The victor advances to the AL Division Series against the Cleveland Indians. Byron Buxton has emerged as one of the best center fielders in the game. ESPN 1500 noted last week that the depth of the Yankees bullpen means Girardi could potentially pull Severino after three innings and rely on his relievers the rest of the way, to save his starting pitcher for the Indians.

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Wearing an "OCTOBER READY" workout T-shirt, Sanchez said that the young Yankees will "focus on being ready and have fun", trying their best to treat it as Game 163 of the season.

The Yankees Go Yard blog opens its game preview this way: "This is not the wild-card play-in game anyone expected in April". Luis Severino will get the start for the Yankees.

The Yankees say they like their chances against the surprising Twins for a number of reasons.

"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.

"We're just going to try to treat it like we have the whole season coming here", Aaron Judge said. "Whenever we're done, and hopefully it's not for a while, I'm sure that will be pushed to the forefront". Ervin Santana took a tough loss in the series opener after allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Maybe most importantly, keep Aaron Judge and his 52 home runs in the ballpark. The Twins have been doubted all season long and this game is no different as they're heavy underdogs. For him to turn in the type of great performance he's capable of, he's probably going to have to avoid giving up the long ball. He has the best stuff on the team, and is the second-best pitcher on the staff, after Santana.

Santana has more experience than his counterpart, NY starter Luis Severino, who is making his postseason debut.

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