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New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins AL Wild Card Game - 10/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

This is not, by a long shot, similar to the 2015 wild-card game when the Yankees faced Astros lefthander Dallas Keuchel, who had dominated them twice in the regular season.

In the Twins clubhouse, though, it might as well be ancient history.

The New York Yankees are hosting the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday. Twins have been eliminated by NY in four of their past five trips to the playoffs, losing Division Series in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010 for an overall record of 2-12. "I feel like we've been playing good baseball, and I expect to play well".

Mauer is the only holdover from that era. The Yankees have played well at home all year long, boasting a 51-30 record, compared to their poor road record of 40-41. You might recall past year the Twins lost a team-record 103 games and - this is an understatement - were not expected to make the playoffs this season.

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"He said, 'I saw you pitch for the first time and now I saw you pitch for the last time, '" Colon said through an interpreter after he pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning of Minnesota's 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. "He's been pretty darn good this year".

The Twins will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players, including three catchers (Jason Castro, Mitch Garver and Chris Gimenez) and rookie Zack Granite as a fifth outfielder.

As for the National League, the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks will face off in the National League Wild-Card game tomorrow night in Arizona.

The odds-makers and experts have the Twins as heavy underdogs at Yankee Stadium, and it's a role they've largely embraced this year.

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"Well, that's what it's all about, postseason baseball, " Judge said Monday at Yankee Stadium on the eve of Tuesday's wild-card game with the Twins.

A rematch with 14-game victor Luis Severino, whom they chased after a 46-pitch third inning on September 20, shouldn't faze a Twins team that improved by 26 wins over a 59-win 2016.

"The guy is huge", Santana said. "Don't try to leave any cookies right there". Luis Severino will take the bump for the Yanks with Ervin Santana grabbing the ball for the Twins.

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. In right field, Max Kepler has just two errors in 299 total chances, and Eddie Rosario has just four errors in 274 chances.

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"He told me that, if I change my mechanics a little bit, I'll be more consistent in my strike zone", Severino said. "A guy that was comparable for me in his prime was Pedro [Martinez]". I believe it was Game 3 in 2003 (?) so it was at the Metrodome and Hideki Matsui hit a deep fly ball to left center field. "I just had to try to own something".

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