April 24, 2018

New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins: 2017 AL Wild-Card Prediction, Odds

04 October 2017, 12:29 | Kristopher Drake

Getty Ervin Santana will start for the Twins in the AL Wild Card game

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Limiting Judge may be the most pivotal task for Twins starter Ervin Santana.

Santana, 34, went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA this season and is 2-2 in eight postseason appearances.

The Twins finished the regular season at 85-77 on the strength of their hitting. NY won four of their six games against Minnesota this season.

The MLB added a second wild card in the 2012 season where the two teams play one play in game to go and play in the Division Series.

Miguel Sano, the Twins' hulking third baseman, was left off their roster for the one-game playoff, which begins 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

If Severino can pitch five good innings, Joe Girardi would be able to piece together the rest of the game with one dominant bullpen arm after another. He's attacking hitters. He's always getting in the good counts. Now, he is the Yankees' ace, a 14-game victor who reaches triple-digits with his fastball, has an effective changeup and is facing the biggest challenge of his young career.

Jacoby Ellsbury, the $153 million signee who was benched for the 2015 wild-card game, reclaimed regular playing time while his replacement Aaron Hicks spent a couple of stints on the DL, batting.293 after August 2. It's imperative that Ervin Santana and the Twins' bullpen find a way to keep the Yankees in the park, and let their superior defense make plays behind them. However, much like the Yankees, the Twins thrive off the energy of critics counting them out.

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"Winning here, people were not happy, I'm sure", Castro said. "I'm just excited for this opportunity". The one loss occurred September 18 in NY when Santana allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, right, is congratulated by teammate Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Mariners on July 20, 2017 in Seattle.

The man who hit one of the most famous home runs in Major League Baseball history is now looking through a different lenses as the postseason begins: Analyst for ESPN.

"OK, well, tomorrow will be one", Santana said when asked about his prior appearances in the Bronx by ESPN's Buster Olney.

The New York Yankees are heavily favored. A win would put the Twins in an ALDS against Cleveland, where Minnesota may need an experienced arm like Colon (5-6). I'll take Minnesota as a value play. "That says a lot about this team". 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.

Despite the fact that Tuesday will be his first career playoff game, Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA) is confident, having had a bounce-back year after struggling in 2016, a season in which he was 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts.

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