The New York Yankees should feel good about facing the Twins in the Wild Card game.
It’s official, the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins will face off in the American League Wild Card game, Tuesday, October 3rd at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees fought hard till the end, losing the American League title to the Red Sox in the last two games of the season. Currently, at 91-70 the Yankees head into the final game of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow with the confidence they can move on to the American League Division round and face off against the juggernaut of the central division, the Cleveland Indians.
The Minnesota Twins (84-76) made some history of their own, being the first team in baseball history to lose 100 games or more the previous season and then make the playoffs the following year. Led by All-stars Ervin Santana and slugger Miguel Sano the Twins look to avenge a 3 game sweep by the hands of the Yankees whose offensive prowess was on full display as the Yankee bats pounded 11 runs in their final meeting of the 3 game set.
Confidence shouldn’t be an issue an issue for the young Yankees squad as the pitching and offense have both found their stride in the last month of the season heading into postseason play. The Yankees won the season series against the Twins 4 games to 2, averaging 4.50 runs per game, 2.94 team ERA, and 0.79 bullpen ERA. When postseason play begins they say what happens in the regular season no longer matters but it doesn’t hurt to reflect on the facts.
Yankees ace Luis Severino (14-6) is slated to take the mound on Tuesday when the Yankees host the Twins and barring a catastrophic performance, the Yankees should find themselves flying to Cleveland to face the Indians at Progressive Field on Thursday, October 5th. If the Yankees can replicate what they’ve been able to do throughout September they will be a scary team for anyone in their way.