The Yankees won Games 1 and 2 in convincing fashion as the scene shifts to Target Field in Minnesota for Game 3.
The Nationals shrugged off a poor start this year and won 93 games, earning a chance to host the National League wild card game against Milwaukee.
Moneyline: Stick with the YANKEES following Friday's and Saturday's dominating performances.
And then they went out and played Game 1 like nervous tourists waiting to get mugged in the big, bad city.
The expectation entering this series from everyone, including the Twins, was that this would be a heavyweight offensive fight with the Yankees and Twins exchanging homers. Both starters will be charged with keeping potent offenses at bay at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. A $10 bet on the Yankees to win the game returns a profit of $6.67.
Arraez later added a run on a two-out RBI double off Jonathan Loaisiga in the ninth. "I got one in the zone and I hit it out". Mitch Garver is 2-for-9 with three strikeouts, Eddie Rosario is 1-for-9 with four strikeouts and Sano is 1-for-8 with six strikeouts. We got punched in the mouth a couple times in NY.
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Ohio State needed a team like the Spartans to expose a few flaws, and no better time for that than going into an off week. Mark Dantonio has already admitted that his Spartans need to play a ideal game if they're going to pull off the upset.
On the brink of sweeping the ALDS, dropping one game to Jake Odorizzi and the 101-win Twins won't be the end of the world, especially since the series would conclude in the Bronx, should it go the full five. The Twins, fresh off setting a Major League record with 307 home runs, one more than the Yankees hit this season, were going to prove all that postseason history between these teams was meaningless.
"We'll try and have him prepared for a lot of different roles, but he'll certainly, in some way, shape, or form, be in play the first two games", Boone said.
Littell and the bullpen took care of that and not in a good way. Sano struck out four times, a night after hitting one of the Twins' three homers. Aaron Judge finished 2-for-3 with two walks and a run.
NY led 3-0 when Gregorius came to bat in the third.
Gregorius' grand slam was the Yankees' first in the postseason since 2011, when Robinson Cano hit a bases-loaded homer against the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the division series. If the Twins want to turn things around and stay alive in the series, they need to get more base runners and score runs in bunches because their pitching staff hasn't been good enough to keep the Yankees contained for nine innings. Duffey had pitched the previous day, while Romo and Rogers were fresh. Hopefully soon considering who they are now matched up against.
Knowing that Altuve is up to bat should make us all feel at ease that the job is going to get done one or the other with him being the leader of this team.
The best of five series will continue if necessary on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Every game is important.