Santana, upstart Twins not frightened by ghosts of NY failures

Santana, upstart Twins not frightened by ghosts of NY failures

Twins starter Ervin Santana is 34, and hasn't been in the playoffs since 2004. He appeared in the Twins' final series of the regular season, going 1-for-8 in three games. The Yankees, on the other hand, went 91-71 to secure the top Wild-Card spot and home field advantage for tonight's matchup.

Even though the AL Wild Card showdown between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins is the only game on the docket today, it still makes for some intriguing daily fantasy options. NY won four of their six games against Minnesota this season.

If you do not have access to a cable log-in, you can watch the American League wildcard game through Sling TV, using a free one-week trial.

The first pitch is set for 8 p.m.

The Twins will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players, including three catchers (Jason Castro, Mitch Garver and Chris Gimenez) and rookie Zack Granite as a fifth outfielder. In a one-game playoff, anything can happen. We'll see if he gets an opportunity on Tuesday. He is entering the postseason swinging a hot bat and if he can keep it up in October, New York's chances will be all the better.

Aaron Judge's storybook season is continuing into the playoffs
Aaron Judge's storybook season is continuing into the playoffs

This game is going to come down to who has the better bullpen, and that edge goes to the Yankees.

The Twins are making their first playoff appearance since 2010.

With Yankee Stadium providing the most dramatic backdrop possible, two teams that were not expected to make it this far have surprised many, regardless of the Yankees' track record of success over the past century. Eddie Rosario also hit 27 homers for Minnesota. I wish I had one of those Men In Black zapper memory remover thing-a-ma-jigs although I'd like to be more selective than just erase all my memories. "I feel like we've been playing good baseball, and I expect to play well".

"I feel very confident, I am not nervous", said Severino, who lasted just three innings and allowed three runs on five hits against the Twins on September 20. It's a close one, but the Yankees will pull out a thriller in the Bronx. Twins haven't won a postseason series since 2002, when they beat Oakland 3-2 in the ALDS, then lost to the Angels 4-1 in ALCS. For him to turn in the type of great performance he's capable of, he's probably going to have to avoid giving up the long ball. I think at times he struggles a bit with controlling his emotions in big moments, which of course is understandable for a 23-year-old pitcher in his first full season in the big leagues. While Santana has been able to limit his BB:K ratio (0.37:1), his home-run rate is slightly concerning, as he's given up 1.32 HR/9 during the regular season.

Dellin Betances said Severino's changeup has given him "three plus-pitches", and that he's noticed a big difference in overall demeanor.

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