Lineup advice for AL Wild Card Game

Rosalie Stanley
October 4, 2017

The Yankees may be favored to win Tuesday's Wild Card game, but they will have to beat Minnesota's best pitcher in Ervin Santana to do so.

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

Starting pitching - The Yankees will send Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA) to the mound to make his postseason debut against Twins veteran Ervin Santana (16-8, 3.28 ERA).

Finishing six games ahead of the Twins for the top Wild Card spot, Tuesday night's game will be played at Yankee Stadium. For the Yankees, that would tarnish a 91-win season that included chasing the Red Sox to the final weekend for the AL East title. NY won four of their six games against Minnesota this season.

The victor of the single game knockout will face the AL Central champion Cleveland Indians in the AL Division Series starting on Thursday.

The Twins were coming off a disastrous 103-loss season while the Yankees were transitioning to a younger core. They are glad to extend their season and see what they can do in One Game in NY. But on Tuesday, I think Robbie Grossman gives the Twins the best chance to win. The team will wait to see how he responds tomorrow before making any decisions on his availability for the game against the Yankees.

On the other hand, and as far as New York's roster goes, everything has pretty much remained constant.

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The native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic has five home runs in nine career outings against the Yankees. Tyler Wade and Clint Frazier are among the extra bench players for NY.

"He told me that, if I change my mechanics a little bit, I'll be more consistent in my strike zone", Severino said.

"I feel like he swung the bat OK the past couple of games", Dozier said. The one loss occurred September 18 in NY when Santana allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. "There's only 10 teams that get to play into the postseason, and we're one of them". Yankee Stadium is one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the league, and the Yankees use it well.

Colon said he plans to pitch in the big leagues next season. These are not the dominant Yankees of the '00s but another upstart bunch like the Twins, whose rebuilding projects led each team back to the playoffs.

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.

Santana went 5-1 with his last 12 starts.

Many people counted the Twins out, especially at the trade deadline, but Brian Dozier believed that they could do it. Saying at the stretch when the Twins were leading the Cleveland Indians in the division, he knew that this team has a real shot. The Yankees will roll with 23-year-old Luis Severino in this Wild Card game.

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