Twins counterpart Jason Castro, it should be noted, allowed three of the Yankees' four stolen bases (two while Santana was pitching) on September 18. Santana (3.28 ERA, 1.126 WHIP, 211.1 IP), though, also had an outstanding year, and he strikes me as having the flawless makeup to pitch well in a game like this.
Santana already is 0-5 with a 6.43 earned-run average in six starts at Yankee Stadium II, where he will take the mound in a one-game showdown against Minnesota's postseason archnemesis.
"Well, that's what it's all about, postseason baseball, " Judge said Monday at Yankee Stadium on the eve of Tuesday's wild-card game with the Twins.
After a remarkable regular season that saw the Twins win 85 games and secure a playoff berth, Minnesota heads to NY to once again attempt to vanquish the Yankees in the playoffs. The Twins are 1-9 against the Yankees in their last three playoff series, including 3-0 sweeps in 2009 and 2010.
The victor of this matchup will play the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series. Our pre-game show starts at 6:00 p.m., with the first-pitch just after 7:00 p.m. The Astros are looking to win home-field advantage in the AL and, a longshot, but potentially the whole MLB Postseason.More news: Myanmar, Bangladesh set up repatriation group
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With a cable or satellite provider, you can use the WatchESPN app to stream the Twins vs. Yankees wildcard game. In a one-game playoff, anything can happen. "I think we're encouraged that he's going to be available (Tuesday) in some capacity". He is entering the postseason swinging a hot bat and if he can keep it up in October, New York's chances will be all the better.
Perhaps most importantly in an elimination game, the Yankees have the better bullpen. Was this team not much better than the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox heading into the season?
The bombers will take on the Twins in the American League Wild Card game. Luis Severino will get the start for the Yankees. NY went 51-30 at home, best in the AL, while the Twins were 44-37 on the road. "I'm just excited for this opportunity". "I feel like we've been playing good baseball, and I expect to play well". All the Twins have to do is win and they go on to play the Indians in the ALDS beginning later this week. Santana is not a great matchup in this respect, as he's allowed 31 home runs this year, tied for tenth most in the major leagues.
Dellin Betances said Severino's changeup has given him "three plus-pitches", and that he's noticed a big difference in overall demeanor. The Twins have been doubted all season long and this game is no different as they're heavy underdogs. The surefire AL Rookie of the Year also hit.316 against Minnesota this year and is the hot hand to ride right now. "I think they're all just going to enjoy the moment and it will be fun".