AL Wild Card Game Prediction 10/3/17: Will Yankees beat Twins on runline?

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He was historically bad.

The Twins twice denied the Yankees with jumping catches in that game, too - left fielder Shannon Stewart saved one run and possibly two on Ruben Sierra's shot in the second, and center fielder Torii Hunter pulled in an eighth-inning drive by Alex Rodriguez at the top of the wall. Gregorius' three-run homer in the bottom of the first tied it at 3 and Gardner's solo blast off Santana into the second deck in the second made it 4-3.

But the Yankees skipper recognizes that Santana's six losses in the new ballpark don't necessarily reflect how he's pitched.

All Is LightningHenry Chadwick-the first true writer of baseball-stated the truest nature of the game back in the mid-1800s. "We know if we get a lead, we've got a good chance". "Things worked out for us". The 25-year-old, in his first playoff game, looked like his regular-season self, going 2-for-4 with a walk. "Not much more you can ask for", Bruce said "Obviously he had some swing and miss, a little bit more than I'm sure he wanted to, but I mean at the end of the day, I feel like he carried that team".

The Yankees lineup includes an interesting mix of young players and veterans including Judge, Gary Sanchez (33 home runs, 90 runs batted in), Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Holiday, and Chase Headley.

While Robertson was the pitcher of record, the Yankees scored three runs to take the lead, giving the right-hander his first postseason decision since 2012.

There are two dimensions to Gardner's game, however.

Minnesota appeared to give up on the 2017 season just prior to the July 31 trade deadline, sending starting pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Yankees. His defense became a factor in the sixth inning, when Joe Mauer lifted a long fly ball into the left field corner with two on and two outs. The Yankees have won the other 13 of his starts in that span, which bodes well for them this evening. I was pretty confident that I would get to hope. Since the beginning of July, Luis Severino has lost just three games. Those guys were phenomenal.

The Home Run Derby runner-up to Aaron Judge, Sano slugged 28 home runs, 77 RBI and a.859 OPS on the year, but struggled in limited duty since his return, going 1-for-8 in two starts. Only once did they win a playoff series: 2002, beating the A's in 5 games before losing to the Angels in 5. Especially in games against playoff-bound teams like Boston and Houston, Gardner would chat with Judge, Jacoby Ellsbury or Aaron Hicks in the outfield during breaks in the action and "talk about the atmosphere and how great and how special it is".

Fans need only to watch Tuesday night's game to understand the candor of that statement.

Who honestly thought the Twins would overcome all the odds to be the second wild card? The Twins have also ridden a scalding hot offense the past month, so it's entirely possible that we could see a blowout one way or another tonight.