The Yankees have owned the Twins in the playoffs in recent years and, with their three-game sweep of Minnesota at the Stadium just two weeks ago, they owned a 4-2 record against them during the regular season. This is the club's first postseason appearance since 2010 and only its second winning record during that span. The victor of this game will take on the Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Limiting Judge may be the most pivotal task for Twins starter Ervin Santana. "Both of those games were intense, some of the coolest moments I've ever experienced", Cuddyer said. Like I said, the Yankees should win the game, but with the line being so thick I think the Twins have more than a fair shot at paying off here.
Selig admitted to the New York Times that he preferred a best-of-three series, but his 14-member rules committee convinced him otherwise.
The Bronx Bombers will start 23-year-old Luis Severino, who is making his first postseason appearance.
"It's been challenging trying to get him prepared in such a short window".
Severino, who was dropped from the rotation in 2016 and not awarded a spot in this year's rotation until the final days of spring training, emerged as the Yankees' unquestioned ace. The 91-win Yankees, of course, are a formidable opponent, with perhaps the best bullpen in baseball to complement an offense that finished second in the league in runs scored. Brian Dozier is the team's most unsafe hitter with 34 home runs, while Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario both tied for a team-high.507 slugging percentage. "I think the buildup before the game is nerve-racking, but once we step out on the field, it's the same game we've been playing since we were little kids". The Yankees have seven legitimately outstanding relievers, including three at the back-end that are among the game's best. Sanchez hammered 33, helping the Yankees heat up again at the end of the season following a sticky patch in the early summer. The Indians went 12-7 against Minnesota this season and nearly doubled them up on runs scored versus runs allowed, outscoring the Twins 93 to 56.
"He just has a lot of ways to impact the game", Molitor said.
Fans will be able to watch every pitch of the #Al Wild Card game between the Twins and Yankees nationally on ESPN. Yankees scored 858 runs, an increase of 178 from past year and second in the majors behind Houston (896).
"To me, I feel good about going in", he said.