Monday evening on the MLB Diamond and the American League East will square off with the American League Central as the New York Yankees grapple with the Minnesota Twins in game three of their best of five series from Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Yankees lead the series 2-0.
Pitching Matchup: Luis Severino (1-1, 1.50 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Yankees and he will be opposed by Jake Odorizzi (15-7, 3.51 ERA).
The Offense Torched The Minnesota PitchingThe New York Yankees have had the best offense in baseball this year and that is despite all the injuries they have had. That shows the kind of depth this team has built up the last couple of years. The Yankees came into this series struggling a bit at the plate as they scored four runs or less in four of their five games prior to the series against the Twins. Those offensive woes are no longer there as the Yankees have exploded for 18 runs in the first two games of this series. They now have az 2-0 lead in the series and will be looking to end it tonight.
In their last game, they beat the Twins by a score of 8-2 and leading their attack in the contest was Didi Gregorius, who had two hits and drove in four runs. One hit was a grand slam, which came as a part of their seven-run 3rd inning. The Yankees pounded out 11 hits and they also drew eight walks in the contest. Grabbing the win in the game was Masahiro Tanaka, who allowed just one ER on three hits and a walk while striking out seven in 5.0 innings of work. The Yankees have gone an amazing 54-22 on the road for the year and they have averaged 6.21 rpg and have allowed 5.22 rpg in those games.
Getting the nod for the Yankees will be Luis Severino and he has gone 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts on the year, including 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in one start on the road. In his career, he has gone 19-13 with a 3.38 ERA in 51 games (44 starts) on the road and 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA in six postseason starts. Severino has gone 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two career starts against the Twins.
The Yankees were a very strong offensive team this year as they ranked 1st in the league in scoring, putting up 5.82 rpg, while also ranking 4th in hitting at .267 and 2nd in homers with 306. On the mound, they were above average as they ranked 14th in the league in ERA at 4.31, while also ranking 11th in WHIP at 1.30 and 5th in K’s with 1534. The bullpen ranked 9th in the league with a 4.08 ERA.
The Twins Are Looking To Stave Off EliminationThe Minnesota Twins have had a solid season overall, but they are now on the brink of seeing all their hard work come to an end. The Twins have lost the first two games of this series and both games were on the road, where they have been spectacular this year. The Twins have gone 27 games over .500 on the road this year, compared to going just 11 games over .500 here at home. Minnesota has averaged 5.46 and has allowed 4.86 rpg in their home games this year. The Pitching has been very good for the Twins this year, but they have now allowed 23 runs in their last three games, after allowing 12 total runs in their previous five games. That's what happens when you play a real offensive team. If the pitching doesn't improve in this one, then they will be playing their last game of the year.
In game two of this series, they lost by a score of 8-2 and taking the loss in the contest was Randy Dobnak, who allowed four ERs on six hits and two walks with no strikeouts in just 2.0 innings of work. Tyler Duffey then came in and allowed four ERs on two hits and a walk in 0.2 innings of work. The Yanks had an 8-0 lead after the 3rd and were never challenged in the game. Mitch Garver and Luis Arraez each had two hits and an RBI to lead the offense in the loss.
Getting the nod for the Twins will be Jake Odorizzi and he has gone 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 30 starts on the year, including 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA in his last three starts and 7-3 with a 3.42 ERA in 15 starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 12-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 33 starts here at Target Field and 7-9 with a 4.71 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) against the Yankees in his career. This will be his first postseason appearance.
The Twins were very good on offense during the regular season as they ranked 2nd in the league in scoring, putting up 5.80 rpg, while also ranking 2nd in hitting at .270 and 1st in homers with 307. On the mound, they were solid as they ranked 9th in the league in ERA at 4.18, while also ranking 12th in WHIP at 1.30 and 12th in K’s with 1463. Their pen ranked 10th in ERA at 4.17.
- 1-10 in their last 11 Divisional Playoff home games
- 3-9 in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
New York is:
- 8-2 in Severino's last 10 starts vs. the American League Central
- 27-10 in Severino's last 37 starts vs. a team with a winning record