Twins Wild Card Roster: Miguel Sano Left Off For Game vs. Yankees

Twins have been eliminated by NY in four of their past five trips to the playoffs, losing Division Series in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010 for an overall record of 2-12.

Minnesota and NY are both in the playoffs after successful rebuilds, with Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton powering the Twins and Aaron Judge emerging as an MVP contender with the Yankees.

The Twins are making their first playoff appearance since 2010. Where the victor will be able to play a real series against the Cleveland Indians.

"I'm just excited for this opportunity", Judge said.


The Yankees won 84 games previous year, but traded away most of their veterans and were not expected to be in playoff contention after breaking in so many young players. Severino has compiled a 14-6 record on the year with a 2.98 ERA, 3.07 FIP, 1.04 WHIP, and 10.7 K/9, along with an opposing slash line of.208/.266/.338.

The Minnesota Twins are in NY, in the postseason.

One game? "It's kind of a coin flip", Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

Severino, who was dropped from the rotation in 2016 and not awarded a spot in this year's rotation until the final days of spring training, emerged as the Yankees' unquestioned ace. However, Severino is a young pitcher starting in arguably the most important game of his life while Santana is a savvy veteran.


Then came a series of one-game playoffs: the two involving the Twins, both one-run thrillers, and an epic Rockies-Padres 163rd in 2007 that was also full of fireworks, finally ending with a dramatic blown save by Trevor Hoffman in the 13th inning. Over his 211.1 innings and 16-8 record this year, Santana has a 3.28 ERA with 167 Ks. Was this team not much better than the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox heading into the season?

"I don't think that you go up there trying to hit all three of his pitches because that's usually not a good mix", Molitor said.

The Yankees have a trio of All-Stars at the back of their bullpen in Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and David Robertson, plus two of baseball's best middle relievers in Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle. 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. Their 5.03 runs per game ranked seventh in the majors.

That's probably the best 'pen in baseball, and if Girardi wanted to, he could essentially make the entire game a bullpen game, pulling Severino after a couple of innings.


"I feel good, I feel healthy", Sanchez said through an interpreter.


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