The Twins visit the Yankees for the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night, but they'll be without one of their richest sources of power. Against the Yankees in postseason play, he pitched 5 1/3 relief innings and recorded the win for the Angels in Game 5 of the 2005 ALDS and was 1-1 in a pair of relief outings with that club in the 2009 ALCS.
"I feel good going in".
Mauer is the only holdover from that era. "This group of Yankee players hasn't had much success in the postseason".
It became clear that the Yankees could make the postseason within the first few weeks of the season, and they've been near the top of the AL East for nearly the entire year. "There's a lot of guys in our clubhouse that this is their first go-round".
"He's been pretty darn good this year", Gardner said. Scoring early against him is a tall task, but failing to do so could make for a long night for the Twins, because the Yankees have an incredible bullpen. Catcher Gary Sanchez and outfielder Aaron Judge - already household names around baseball - are also experiencing the postseason for the very first time.
Jacoby Ellsbury, the $153 million signee who was benched for the 2015 wild-card game, reclaimed regular playing time while his replacement Aaron Hicks spent a couple of stints on the DL, batting.293 after August 2. The Twins don't have a lot behind Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios, so the strong outing could be enough to win him a spot in October. If Santana can continue to perform at a higher level than his career averages indicate, the Twins will have a good fighting chance in this game. "Don't try to leave any cookies right there". The Minnesota Twins take on the New York Yankees in the big apple.
He averaged 97.6 miles per hour on his fastball - tops among qualified starters by almost 2 miles per hour - and paired it with a powerful slider and improved changeup.
Colby Rasmus and ex-Twin Carlos Gomez hit solo homers in the second and fourth innings, respectively, and 2015 Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel cruised through six shutout innings on three hits and seven strikeouts. It's also the one area I think they have a clear advantage over the Yankees. "I know the guys will be ready". "I just had to try to own something".
Molitor hadn't decided on Sano's status for the game, although he was optimistic that the slugger would play.
Sano had returned to the lineup over the weekend after missing almost six weeks with a stress reaction in his left shin. He was pulled late in Sunday's game with Molitor citing Sano's discomfort as the reason for the move. Sano grounded out in his only at-bat against left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman, who throws 103 miles per hour; and has three strikeouts and a walk against David Robertson and a strikeout in his only look at Chad Green.