He is, on average, the hardest-throwing starting pitcher in the game this season; he has thrown more pitches 100-plus miles per hour from the seventh inning on than all the other starting pitchers combined.
Back in the playoffs with another homegrown group, the Twins got a result all too familiar to Minnesota fans - a celebratory Yankee Stadium singalong with Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York".
The first game of the American League Division Series will take place on Thursday, October 5th. Glen Perkins, who has missed all season with an injury in his throwing arm, and Joe Mauer being the only two players that played on the 2010 team who are now on the 2017 team. The Yanks did their damage on eight hits and five bases on balls with Brett Gardner leaving the yard and scoring three while Aaron Judge homered, drove in two and scored three followed by Didi Gregorius who clubbed a three run bomb.
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.
But the bullpen - and the manager pulling its strings - gave the Yankees their first postseason victory in five long years. Buxton played incredible defense throughout the season, but he also finished June batting.195/.269/.283 with four homers despite playing in 74 games.
Perhaps most importantly in an elimination game, the Yankees have the better bullpen. He was asked before the game if a loss would have made 2017 a disappointment despite building a foundation for what looks like it could become the team's next dynasty. We played a lot of meaningful games. Absolutely, and the growth has been tremendous in our young players.
A home field advantage for the team, the Diamondbacks win with a solid performance from their starter. The Twins make it close, but the Yankees pull away late.
Girardi pushed all the right buttons in this win. Luis Severino had left quite a mess for Green, with runners on second and third and just one out, but the reliable reliever struck out Byron Buxton and Jason Castro to limit the Twins to a 3-0 lead. Brian Dozier is the team's most risky hitter with 34 home runs, while Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario both tied for a team-high.507 slugging percentage.
Robertson was the MVP of this one. Sano grounded out in his only at-bat against left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman, who throws 103 miles per hour; and has three strikeouts and a walk against David Robertson and a strikeout in his only look at Chad Green. David Robertson starred, striking out five in a career-high 3 1⁄3 innings, and Tommy Kahnle struck out one in 2 1⁄3 flawless innings.
If nothing else, the Yankees are coming into the Wild Card Game hot. "Fortunately, it has been working".
Wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Severino had a seat on the bench as the Yankees quickly mounted a comeback against Santana. Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74) would have been the logical choice then, but even his much better night ERA of 3.93 leaves Severino as the better option. Green would give the Yankees two innings from the bullpen and kept the Yankees in the game by allowing only one run. Please help us get one more win against the Yankees on Tuesday night.