The Yankees host the Minnesota Twins in the American League wild card playoff game on Tuesday. Santana won 16 games this year with a 3.28 earned run average in 33 starts. Luis Severino will take the bump for the Yanks with Ervin Santana grabbing the ball for the Twins. Led by rookie slugger Aaron Judge, the Yankees captured the top AL wild card with a 91-71 record.
The Twins finished the regular season at 85-77 on the strength of their hitting.
The Yankees swept the Twins in three games in NY during the regular season, while losing two-of-three at Minnesota.
In other words, the Twins aren't supposed to be here and the Yankees aren't supposed to lose.
"That's the one thing (about) playing in NY". 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. 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. "There are two teams that are going to fight like heck and one of us is going to move on but I really like the way we have been playing".
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He said: "I don't answer this type of question because it is not the business at this moment". But we'll continue because what I saw today is how to come out of this hard situation.
Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor said that first/third baseman Miguel Sano is still dealing with discomfort in his injured left shin.
Santana's record is 0-5 with a 6.43 ERA in six career starts at the new Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees' playoff history against the Twins is filled with a few big "what-if" moments for the Twins, but mostly it's built around a massive disparity in both payroll and playoff success that existed between the past rosters of the two teams.
"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. NY also topped the big leagues with 241 homers. "I'm just excited for this opportunity". Ervin Santana took a tough loss in the series opener after allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings. After acquiring Garcia from Atlanta to boost the rotation, the front office flipped him to the Yankees days later and sent All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler to Washington right before the July 31 trade deadline in response to a rough road trip and a simultaneous surge by division rivals Cleveland and Kansas City. The Yankees aren't invincible on the mound, but the Twins need to have good at-bats and get in favorable counts to get pitches to hit. "I think they're all just going to enjoy the moment and it will be fun".
Santana has more experience than his counterpart, NY starter Luis Severino, who is making his postseason debut. "There's only 10 teams that get to play into the postseason, and we're one of them".
Dellin Betances said Severino's changeup has given him "three plus-pitches", and that he's noticed a big difference in overall demeanor.
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