American League Wild Card: New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins

Jordan Montgomery finished the 2017 season with a 9-7 record

Santana's record is 0-5 with a 6.43 ERA in six career starts at the new Yankee Stadium.

Chris Gimenez also homered for Minnesota and Joe Mauer went 1 for 3 with an RBI-double to finish the regular season with a.305 batting average, the first time he has topped.300 since 2013.

Minnesota is back in the postseason for the first time since 2010, when it got swept in three games by the Yankees. Santana was strong away from home this season, winning 10 of those games on the road where he had an ERA of 2.71 covering 17 starts. Only Brett Gardner, Greg Bird, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley played for the Yankees in their last wild-card appearance, a 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros in 2015.

If Severino can pitch five good innings, Joe Girardi would be able to piece together the rest of the game with one dominant bullpen arm after another. He had eight at-bats over Minnesota's final three games but left Sunday's game early after experiencing renewed soreness in his shin.

When they meet again in the 2017 playoffs, the Yankees will need just one game to end Minnesota's brief postseason run. Severino faced the Twins for the first time on September 20, giving up three runs and five hits in three innings. And while they have an infamously awful record against the Yankees over the past 15 seasons, the Twins have young slugging power of their own in Miguel Sano.




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. Severino, with a high-90s fastball that occasionally touches 100 miles per hour, a wipeout slider and refined changeup, went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA, including 9-2 with a 2.28 ERA over 14 starts after the All-Star break.

Sonny Gray is on the Yankees' roster for Tuesday's AL Wild Card game against the Twins. It's a close one, but the Yankees will pull out a thriller in the Bronx.

Although Twins manager Paul Molitor had declared that Sano would not be in the starting line-up for the Wild Card, a lot of people around the league thought he'd come off the bench. Ervin Santana had some clunkers, but his performance in his second All-Star season was an huge lift for a pitching staff that languished at the bottom of baseball the last few years. Was this team not much better than the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox heading into the season?

Young sluggers - Both teams rely heavily on young home-run hitters. His 96.7 percent success rate led the majors and is a Twins single-season record. All the Twins have to do is win and they go on to play the Indians in the ALDS beginning later this week.

It became clear that the Yankees could make the postseason within the first few weeks of the season, and they've been near the top of the AL East for nearly the entire year. NY would go on to win 4-1. It's a different team, and they've got a different team over there.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top UP Government Asks Rahul Gandhi To Reschedule Amethi Visit
Oct 03, 2017 - 09:00
In three years, BJP chief Amit Shah has travelled to every nook and cranny of the country during festivals or otherwise. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was asked to postpone his visit to Amethi on4 October .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Facebook is hiring another 1000 people to review and remove ads
Oct 03, 2017 - 08:59
Facebook's decision to give the ads to Congress means the pressure is now on lawmakers to release the ads to the public. Twitter and Facebook had also been invited but they have also not disclosed whether they will honor the invitation.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Former Pakistani Prime Minister's Indictment Postponed
Oct 03, 2017 - 08:58
It marks the formal process of re-electing Sharif as party president, the report said. The bill was also ratified by President Mamnoon Hussain.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tillerson 'wasting his time' trying to negotiate with North Korea
Oct 03, 2017 - 08:56
The top USA diplomat also said broad sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program "are beginning to have an effect". At the same time, increased sanctions and diplomatic pressure have done little to force North Korea to alter course.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dave Strader, hockey broadcaster from Glens Falls, dies of cancer at 62
Oct 03, 2017 - 08:39
He was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in April as the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award . Prior to joining the Stars, he called games for NBCSN and the NBC Sports Group.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sri Lanka conquers Pakistan fortress
Oct 03, 2017 - 08:35
At the close, Kusal Mendis was batting on 16, with nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal on two, after a day of fluctuating fortunes. Yasir looked to play Herath down the leg-side, Nirsohan Dickwella collected it cleanly and burst out in a loud appeal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Alvaro Morata could miss two months with hamstring injury
Oct 03, 2017 - 08:30
Michy Batshuayi is the obvious replacement for Morata, but Conte had rarely turned to the young striker to lead Chelsea's line. Other experts say Morata could face eight weeks out, but Chelsea have still not placed an official time frame on his comeback.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Proposal made to swap Jadhav for Pakistan terrorist in Afghanistan: Asif
Oct 02, 2017 - 01:01
Pakistan's Punjab Provincial Government had listed Saeed and four of his aides under the fourth schedule of Anti-Terrorism Act. US officials have long said that Pakistan turns a blind eye to militants operating along the porous Afghan border.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hamilton surprised himself with Malaysia pole lap
Oct 02, 2017 - 00:57
With less than 10 minutes before qualifying, Ferrari's mechanics hurriedly wheeled Raikkonen's vehicle back to the garage. It happened, there's not much you can do, and therefore not much point in trying to look at it again and again.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amiens-Lille abandoned after barrier collapses
Oct 02, 2017 - 00:56
Fode Ballo-Toure had given the visitors the lead and ran near the away section to celebrate when the barrier gave way. Barriers in the visitors' stands at the Amiens ground had collapsed, he added.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top How to watch the 2017 NRL Grand Final online
Oct 02, 2017 - 00:54
The Storm have been making some uncharacteristic errors during the finals, but they will be looking to fix that on Sunday. The Storm are so well-drilled in the way they defend from the inside out, you have to upset them with inside balls.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Monty Hall, 'Let's Make a Deal' host, dead at 96
Oct 02, 2017 - 00:54
But occasionally, a guest would be "zonked", in the show's parlance, and wind up with cottage cheese or some other minor prize. Hall died from the f heart failure on Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif, his daughter Sharon said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kim Kardashian tells Trump to 'step up' on Puerto Rico
Oct 02, 2017 - 00:52
More Republicans in Congress need to speak out, as Joe Scarborough did on Saturday, and sound the alarms. On Saturday, Kim Kardashian West offered President Trump some advice - from one reality star to another.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 4th ODI: India to take on Australia in Bengaluru
Oct 01, 2017 - 00:49
Shikhar Dhawan has not been around for the Australia series which has played its part in Rahul getting a look in the squad. Umesh Yadav picked up four wickets, but was also India's most expensive bowler, leaking 71 runs in 10 overs.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's Private Email Domains Under Investigation
Oct 01, 2017 - 00:44
If hackers were to break into his email and cell phone, adversaries could steal information related those areas. Foreign spies could also transfer stolen data via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the NSA reportedly warned.