The 6-foot-7 Judge set an Major League Baseball rookie record with 52 homers and even has a cheering section at Yankee Stadium - The Judge's Chambers in right field. 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. They have the best bullpen in the game and one of the best young starting pitchers in 23-year old RHP Luis Severino, who will start for the Yankees tonight.
Ervin Santana pitches for the Twins. The Yankees have played well at home all year long, boasting a 51-30 record, compared to their poor road record of 40-41.
NY eliminated Minnesota from the playoffs four times from 2003-10, but only Mauer remains from those Twins teams. Yankees are in the wild-card game for the second time in three seasons after losing to Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros 3-0 in 2015. They are glad to extend their season and see what they can do in One Game in NY. NY won four of their six games against Minnesota this season. However, that was nearly definitely a fluke because the young righty and dark horse Cy Young candidate posted a 2.10 ERA in September and followed that start with six innings of one-run ball against the Tampa Bay Rays. Former AL MVP Joe Mauer only hit seven homers, but he still hit.305 with an.801 OPS.
Severino labored through a 46-pitch third inning, including a 13-pitch at-bat by Mauer that ended in a run-scoring single.
Santana has made six career starts at the new Yankee Stadium and has yet to win.
If you look at the numbers - and we're not even getting into advanced analytics - the Yankees ought to make short work of Minnesota in Tuesday's American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.
The Yanks are throwing Luis Severino, he went 14-6 on the season and had a 2.98 ERA.
What: Minnesota Twins (84-77) at NY Yankees (91-70) in the American League Wildcard playoff game. This is the club's first postseason appearance since 2010 and only its second winning record during that span.
The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks will meet in the National League's wild card playoff on Wednesday, with the victor to face the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers from Friday.
Sanchez belted 33 homers despite missing most of April with a biceps injury and did it after hitting 20 in 53 games last season. Normally, I wouldn't really put much stock in eight at-bats; it's a tiny sample size. "We played well at home". The Minnesota Twins are a young team full of players who don't know about the postseason and that might be just what they need. Not often are the Yankees a surprise victor, but this group already has exceeded early expectations.