New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins: 2017 AL Wild-Card Prediction, Odds

  • New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins: 2017 AL Wild-Card Prediction, Odds

New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins: 2017 AL Wild-Card Prediction, Odds

Minnesota will have to send Ervin Santana out there with the full knowledge that if they do win the game, they'll have to figure out who to start Thursday on Wednesday afternoon, after surveying the aftermath and assembling their LDS roster. If Santana can duplicate that performance, Minnesota will have a shot to win. Sano may return for the ALDS, if the Twins advance, but he's out for the Wild Card game for sure.

NY eliminated Minnesota from the playoffs four times from 2003-10, but only Mauer remains from those Twins teams.

Minnesota appeared to give up on the 2017 season just prior to the July 31 trade deadline, sending starting pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Yankees. NY hasn't won a postseason game since Derek Jeter broke his ankle in the 2012 ALCS opener against Detroit, which went on to a sweep.

To do so, NY must defeat the pesky Minnesota Twins Thursday night.

Santana made one start against the Yanks this season, allowing two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings.

The Yankees are coming off a set with the Blue Jays this past weekend.

Minnesota faced Severino two weeks ago, chasing the right-hander after three runs in three innings.

Severino labored through a 46-pitch third inning, including a 13-pitch at-bat by Mauer that ended in a run-scoring single.

Selig admitted to the New York Times that he preferred a best-of-three series, but his 14-member rules committee convinced him otherwise. On paper, Yankees have a huge advantage in the bullpen.

The victor of Tuesday night's game will advance to take on the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series.

In his tenth season in the Bronx, Joe Girardi is looking to guide the Yankees to their 28th world title in franchise history while seeking his fifth championship with the organization, winning three as a player in 1996, 1998 and 1999 and one as manager in 2009. Powered by Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, the Twins became the first team to go from 100 losses one year to the playoffs the next.

The Twins' ghastly playoff legacy with the Yankees is impossible to ignore for anyone who has invested emotionally and financially with the little engine that could from the AL Central. The Twins-Tigers game drew more than 6 million viewers, the highest-rated game of the entire season and 2 million more than the average for the Division Series games that followed it. With a 91-71 record, they are clearly the better team, edging Minnesota in every facet of the game. Santana tied Cleveland ace Corey Kluber for the major league lead.