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.

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