Yankees Like Their Chances Against Twins In AL Wild-Card Game
Oct 04 2017
The Yankees host the Minnesota Twins in the American Leaguewild card playoff game on Tuesday. Outfielder Aaron Judge headlines the group, which includes Tuesday starter Luis Severino and catcher Gary Sanchez. Regardless of the final score, the Twins should be commended for making it to the Wild Card game. The victor of this game will take on the Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians on Thursday. The Yankees of course bested the Twins by six wins in the standings, and they put up a run differential of +198 to Minnesota's +27.
"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.
The Twins have one game to make a statement, one win to change history and enough confidence not to be burdened by it all.
Santana has more experience than his counterpart, NY starter Luis Severino, who is making his postseason debut.
Dozier said his team isn't fazed by the club's past playoff failures against New York: "You're telling me that something that happened in 2004 is supposed to affect what this team does?" In 116 games for the surprising Twins, he hit 28 homers with 77 RBIs.
Bird is an interesting choice, especially because he missed so much of the regular season with an ankle injury that ultimately required surgery. The game will also stream live online through Watch ESPN. Las Vegas oddsmakers have the New York Yankees installed as a huge favorite at -230. Brian Dozier is the team'smost unsafe hitter with 34 home runs, while Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario both tied for a team-high.507 slugging percentage.
"I don't think that you go up there trying to hit all three of his pitches because that's usually not a good mix", Molitor said. 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. He rebounded late last season with great work out of the bullpen, but he entered spring training with plenty of question marks.
"He just has a lot of ways to impact the game", Molitor said.
Sano played three games over the weekend, his first activity in six weeks because of a left shin stress reaction. They were 50-53 at the time, averaging 4.55 runs per game in scoring but yielding 5.25.
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