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Yankees Wild Card Preview

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Yankees Wild Card Preview

Luis Severino and Ervin Santana will hit the mound when the Yankees and Twins meet in a pivotal AL Wild Card game on Tuesday

It all comes down to this, The wild card. One game. The winner moves on. The loser goes home. Here is the Yankees wild card preview.

Surely both of these teams are excited and proud to be where they are, but the penalty for not winning your division means the entire season will hinge on the outcome of a one-and-done wild-card playoff game.

The Yankees, led by their young crop of rising stars, have the home field advantage. They will also have the young right-handed ace Luis Severino on the mound, but don’t be surprised if manager Joe Girardi is quick to go to his bullpen should Sevy get in any trouble.

That Pen

In case you haven’t heard, the New York bullpen is downright nasty.

Flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman and his 104-mph have rounded into form. Four-time All-Star Dellin Betances and World Series veteran David Robertson would close on most teams, but thrives in setup roles. Tommy Kahnle has been striking out 13 batters per nine innings. And don’t forget about breakout reliever Chad Green.

Green has played a huge part in the Yankees’ success this season. Stepping into a role similar to what Andrew Miller does for the Indians, the 26-year-old right-hander has shut down opposing offenses in big situations this season.

With a 1.83 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 69 innings this year, Green has the ability to become a secret weapon for the Yankees have they look to move on to the division series.

Ownage

Since 2003 the Yankees have dominated the Twins in the postseason, going 12-2 against them including two series sweeps. The twinkies have been a division series stepping stone for the Bronx Bombers in the past, but in a one-game playoff, anything can happen.

In 2017 the Yankees went 4-2 against the Twins, including a three-game sweep in the Bronx just two weeks ago.

New York is an overwhelming favorite in the crucial matchup, but don’t tell tomorrow’s starter, Ervin Santana, that. When told about his 6.43 ERA and 0 wins in his career at Yankee stadium Santana replied, “So tomorrow is going to be one.”

Grab Your Popcorn

Tuesday’s wild card matchup should provide some great entertainment as it kicks off the 2017 MLB Playoffs. The tension will be in the air as these teams put it all on the line in a do-or-die elimination game.

The future of the Yankees will be on full display as the Baby Bombers step into the October spotlight. Judge, Sanchez, Bird, and Severino will look to prove that this team is the real deal.

With the help of experienced veterans, they will work together as they chase for that 28th World Series title.


 

 

It all comes down to this. Wild Card. One game. The winner moves on. Loser goes home. Here is the Yankees wild card preview.

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