American League Wild Card game preview: Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees

  • American League Wild Card game preview: Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees

American League Wild Card game preview: Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees

That's not to say they were slouches against the Yankees either, of course; Cleveland faced NY seven times, won five of those games, and put up 31 runs to New York's 20 over the course of the two series (four games in Cleveland, three in NY, all played in the month of August).

Minnesota and NY are both in the playoffs after successful rebuilds, with Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton powering the Twins and Aaron Judge emerging as an MVP contender with the Yankees.

It has been well documented that the Twins do not have the strongest of bullpens in the playoffs.

The victor of Tuesday's matchup will meet the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series. NY had been setting themselves up to compete for a championship in either 2018 or 2019, while Minnesota was the only team to win fewer than 60 games in 2016.

"Really, (for) this team, it doesn't mean a whole lot", Mauer said. Sano may return for the ALDS, if the Twins advance, but he's out for the Wild Card game for sure.

Santana's record is 0-5 with a 6.43 ERA in six career starts at the new Yankee Stadium. Judge hit.329 with 30 home runs and 75 RBIs before winning the All-Star Home Run Derby, then slumped to a.179 batting average with seven homers, 16 RBIs and 67 strikeouts in 151 at-bats through August 31.

The Minnesota Twins are in NY, in the postseason.

"It's been challenging trying to get him prepared in such a short window", Twins manager Paul Molitor said after the workout. The Yankees host the Twins Tuesday night in the first official game of the 2017 Major League Baseball playoffs. "I think they're all just going to enjoy the moment and it will be fun". On the hill, Luis Severino has budded into an ace-like pitcher with an All-Star season that included a 14-6 record, 2.98 ERA that ranked third in the American League and 230 strikeouts, which ranked sixth in the majors.

Sano played three games over the weekend, his first activity in six weeks because of a left shin stress reaction. But on Tuesday, I think Robbie Grossman gives the Twins the best chance to win. The Yankees have seven legitimately outstanding relievers, including three at the back-end that are among the game's best.

A loss would mark the end of their season.

MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 5.5-1.5, Yankees (MLB picks on every game). "As a player, I'm not a big fan of that", Cuddyer said.

That's probably the best 'pen in baseball, and if Girardi wanted to, he could essentially make the entire game a bullpen game, pulling Severino after a couple of innings.