The New York Yankees' bullpen picked up the slack after Luis Severino was knocked out of the AL wild-card game in the first inning Tuesday night with a almost flawless performance in an 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The AL Wild Card Game was a roller coaster for the New York Yankees but the Bronx Bombers managed to get past the Twins and into the ALDS. He was historically bad. Gregorius erased Minnesota's lead during the bottom half of the first with his three-run shot.
This time previous year, the Yankees were on the outside looking in, watching October baseball from home.
The Yanks will be throwing right-handed pitcher, Luis Severino (14-8, 2.98 ERA) against Minnesota's right hander Ervin Santana (16-8, 3.28 ERA). And, as Grant Brisbee wrote following the AL iteration of the wild card game, that's a positive. Santana's night didn't go much better than Severino's as he lasted just two innings.
Yankees pitcher David Robertson delivered 3 1/3 scoreless innings on 52 pitches. He was mad and he let Santana know it.
"I went out there, and I wanted to keep us in the game, keep us ahead. and just keep getting outs", Kahnle said. "I'm not going to give you a scouting report, but we have a really good plan against them. Those guys did a great job". CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte won games on the mound for the Yankees in that series, while Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher were hitting home runs. He's forced more ground balls than nearly anyone else (more than half of his contact) and allowed fewer home runs (fewer than one per nine innings).
So what can we take away from the Wild Card Game? It was the left-handed Eddie Rosario that hit the two-run dong to put the Twins up 3-0 in the blink of an eye. But this was a one-game season at Yankee Stadium.
Gardner isn't known for his power, but the postseason has a tendency to bring out unexpected powers in players. "I think they're all just going to enjoy the moment and it will be fun". I was pretty confident that I would get to hope. Those guys were phenomenal.
Gardner, Judge and Sanchez had two hits apiece for the Yankees. Those were the swings that helped the Yankees get back into the game and eventually win it. They continued their practice of having a "press conference" in the dugout after a home run. Dozier also led the Twins in RBIs with 93. When a prank is being pulled, Gardner is usually involved.
All that presupposes, of course, that the Yankees jump out to a lead early.
Same old song Tuesday night. But don't expect an encore from Robertson on Thursday; Joe Girardi, the Yankees' manager, said he would probably need two days of rest.