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December 16 2017, 03:04 | Sammy Rose
Five Yankees who must perform in Tuesday's one-game playoff vs. Twins
In all realistic terms, NY should win this game. How fun would it have been to see Miguel Sano face fireballer Aroldis Chapman late in a game and see Miguel connect on one of those 100+ miles per hour fastballs? At worst, Sano should be brought into pinch hit if the Twins need a late-inning extra base hit. The Twins are the first team in baseball history to make the postseason after losing over 100 games the previous year. I think we're going to play a good game.
Twins: RH Ervin Santana (16-8, 3.28 ERA, 167 Ks in 211 1/3 IP). The Yankees will carry 10 pitchers for the do-or-die contest. In the other, they lost a one-game wild card playoff. Now, he is the Yankees' ace, a 14-game victor who reaches triple-digits with his fastball, has an effective changeup and is facing the biggest challenge of his young career. Buxton shows that he can be one of the best outfielders in the game one day. The one loss occurred September 18 in NY when Santana allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Tigers: The offseason. They finish with a 64-98 record, their most losses since they went 43-119 in 2003.
"It means the work that I did, that they trust me", he said.
The largest improvement though was on the mound as a re-bolstered rotation led by Ervin Santana went from allowing 5.49 runs per game to 4.86. Anything is possible. But if their respective final months were any indication, the deck is stacked heavily toward the Yankees.The Indians will present a far different challenge.
Over a five- or seven-game series, all of that would give the Yankees a significant advantage, before you even added in that they have home-field advantage for this game. Of course, they can only do that if they... Judge has powered the offense in his first full season and led the American League with 52 home runs-and strikeouts. Cleanup hitter Eddie Rosario batted.290 with 27 homers and an.836 OPS for the Twins. It's a close one, but the Yankees will pull out a thriller in the Bronx. Luis Severino will get the start for the Yankees. The following year, many expected Sano to break out, but he was actually somewhat of a disappointment, slashing a pedestrian.236/.319/.462 with 25 home runs and 66 RBIs.
Santana, 34, went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA this season and is 2-2 in eight postseason appearances. "I think they're all just going to enjoy the moment and it will be fun".
Berrios, in my opinion, is the X-factor for the Twins in this game.
Dellin Betances said Severino's changeup has given him "three plus-pitches", and that he's noticed a big difference in overall demeanor. By pitching him in relief Friday against Detroit, the Twins are clearly getting him ready for a potential bullpen appearance Tuesday in NY.