Tuesday, October 3, 2017
NEW YORK — Take pitches. Get ahead. Don’t bite on the sliders on the corners. When he throws a fastball, make him pay.
That’s essentially what the Yankees said would be the key to defeating formidable Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana in the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Santana, 34, had one of his best seasons in 2017. Making his second All-Star Game, the right-hander went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA in 33 starts.
And Minnesota will probably lean on him heavily. While Yankees ace Luis Severino might have a short leash due to his club’s dominant bullpen — the Yankees aren’t going to watch Severino work out of trouble when they can turn to Chad Green in the fifth inning — Santana won’t have the same fortune.
It really stinks that the Yankees’ season is going to come down to what is essentially a coin flip. Ervin Santana could very easily out-pitch Luis Severino tonight, and that would most likely end the Yankees’ season.
Then again, the winner of this game just gets the pleasure of getting swept by the Indians in the ALDS, so I’m not sure I care that much if the Yankees do lose tonight.
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