By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Yankees had a better record in the regular season. However, in this do-or-die game, both teams will be giving it everything they have in order to advance to face the Cleveland Indians later this week.
The Yankees had a 91-71 record. They were also 51-30 at home during the regular season.
The Twins were 85-77 on the season. Yet, they were a better road team, as they went 44-37.
The experts at Covers.com believe that the Yankees have a 78% chance to win the game. The public poll also believes the Yankees will win, except at a 66% clip.
The two teams played a three-game set at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 18-20. The Yankees won all three games.
This season, the Yankees hold a 5-3 advantage over the Twins. New York swept the three-game Sept. series.
The Twins will be handing the ball to starting pitcher Ervin Santana, who is 1-1 in his past three starts. He has a 2.55 ERA in 17 2/3 innings.
Santana has a win against the Yankees this season, as the Twins won 7-4 on June 19th. He’s 16-8 this season with a 3.28 ERA in 211 1/3 innings.
The Yankees are putting starting pitcher Luis Severino on the mound. He’s 2-0 in his past three starts, including a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings.
Severino has pitched against the Twins in their last meeting, a 11-3 win on Sept. 20; however, he did not register the win after only pitching three innings. Chase Shreve also went three innings and received the win.
Severino is 14-6 this season with a 2.98 ERA in 193 1/3 innings.
The Yankees have dominated the Twins in the season. Will that history continue on Tuesday? Only time will tell.
In the past, the Yankees defeated the Twins in the American League Divisional Series in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010. In these four series, New York won 12 out of the 14 games.
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