Twins will host Yankees on October 8th
The Yankees will host the first 2 games on the playoffs on October 4th and 5th. The playoff series will return to Target field for the 7th, 8th* and 10th* (* if necessary). The Yankees finished the season with 103 wins, while the Twins had 101 wins. The Yankees have dominated the Twins in past post seasons. This year the teams have a lot of similarities.
- Both are power hitting teams. The Twins led the league in home runs and set a record. The Yankees were only a couple of homeruns behind and finished second in homeruns, while finishing first in total runs with the Twins in second place.
- Both have some pitching issues. Both teams have legitimate starters that can go up against anyone. The Yankees have James Paxton’s 3.82 ERA. Domingo German led the team with an 18-4 record, but will be out for the series due to allegations of domestic violence. The Twins have Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi each received their first career All-Star nod. Odorizzi led the starting rotation with a 15-7 record and 3.51 ERA with Berrios as runner-up at 14-8 and 3.68. There third best pitcher was Michael Pineda, who is serving a 60-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Pineda was 11-5 with a 4.01 ERA across 26 starts.
- Both teams have had a lot of injuries. Both teams had periods of time when there star players were out of the lineup. The Yankees probably had the worst situation. Both teams are close to being at full strength, the Yankee may be without Edwin Encarnacion, who has been dealing with a left oblique strain and hasn’t played since Sept. 12, and Paxton. Paxton left the Yankees’ Sept. 27 game with what an MRI revealed to be nerve irritation. The Twins will be without center fielder Byron Buxton and aren’t sure about the status of infielder Luis Arraez following a Grade 1 ankle sprain diagnosis Sunday.
The Yankees have home field advantage in this series, but The Twins had the best “away” record in baseball. In fact they had a better record away than they did at home.
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