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Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota Attendance: 41,121
Yankees look to Severino to finish off sweep of Twins
New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins
- The Yankees have now won 11 straight postseason games against the Twins dating back to the 2004 ALDS. That ties the longest postseason winning streak all-time by any team against a single opponent (Red Sox beat Angels 11 consecutive times from 1986-2008).
- Didi Gregorius became the first Yankee shortstop ever to hit a postseason grand slam with his third inning shot on Saturday. Gregorius now has three career playoff games with the Yankees with at least three RBI, tying him with Derek Jeter for most such games in the playoffs by a Yankee shortstop all-time.
- Luis Severino returned from injury to strike out 17 batters across 12 innings of work in three abbreviated starts late in September. Severino's last outing in the playoffs came in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against Boston, where he allowed six earned runs over three innings in a 16-1 Yankees loss. Severino has a 6.26 ERA across six postseason starts, and of those six starts, only once has he lasted at least five innings.
- Jake Odorizzi averaged 10.08 strikeouts per nine innings in 2019, the third-highest single-season mark in franchise history by a starting pitcher behind Tom Hall (10.66 SO/9 IP in 1970) and Johan Santana (10.46 in 2004) (min. 150 IP). Odorizzi made two starts against the Yankees in the regular season; one at home and one on the road. In the road start, Odorizzi threw six scoreless innings and allowed two hits in a 7-3 Minnesota win. In his start at Target Field against New York in July, Odorizzi allowed nine earned runs on 10 hits in four innings in a 10-7 Yankees win.
- DJ LeMahieu has scored four runs across the first two games, tying him with Roger Maris and Enos Slaughter for the most by a player in his first two playoff games with the Yankees. LeMahieu also has four hits and four RBI in the ALDS -- the last player with at least four runs, hits and RBI in his first two playoff games with any team was Jim Edmonds with the Cardinals in 2000.
- Edwin Encarnacion owns a .302/.415/.633 slash line with 17 home runs and 46 RBI in 45 career games at Target Field. His 17 home runs are tied with Kansas City's Salvador Perez for most by any visiting player in the history of the park.
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Right-hander Luis Severino will take the mound as the New York Yankees attempt to complete a three-game sweep of their American League Division Series with the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in Minneapolis.
History, not to mention a well-rested bullpen, will be on New York's side entering Game 3 of the best-of-five series. The Yankees have won a major league record 12 consecutive playoff games over the Twins, including 10-4 and 8-2 victories at Yankee Stadium in Games 1 and 2. Minnesota also has dropped an MLB record 15 straight postseason games.
If those stats weren't eye-popping enough, since the Division Series went to the current 2-2-1 format, teams winning Games 1 and 2 have gone on to win the series 27 of 30 times (90 percent) including 18 sweeps.
"Throttle down," Yankees manager Aaron Boone replied when asked what his message would be to his team taking a 2-0 lead to Minnesota. "Make sure we go out and match their energy. Obviously, first home playoff game for them. I'm sure the crowd will be energized, and we need to go match it. And I know we will."
Severino (1-1, 1.50 ERA) has pitched just 12 innings in three starts this season due to right shoulder and lat injuries and is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two career starts against the Twins. It will be just his second career start at Target Field where he was on the losing end of a 3-1 decision on Sept. 12, 2018, when he allowed one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out five.
Ironically, the winning pitcher that afternoon, right-hander Jake Odorizzi, will try to help Minnesota stave off elimination. Odorizzi (15-7, 3.51), who is 7-9 with a 4.71 ERA in 18 career appearances and 17 starts against the Yankees, pitched 7 1/3 no-hit innings that night and left after allowing one run on one hit and three walks while striking out five.
"We feel like (Severino) is throwing the ball incredibly well and know what he's capable of when he's on top of his game," Boone said. "With an off day, obviously we'll have all kinds of firepower ready to go (in the bullpen) Monday in Minnesota."
Odorizzi has pitched at least five innings and allowed three runs or fewer in all but one start since the All-Star break but that one clunker came against the Yankees on July 24 at Target Field when he was tagged for nine runs on 10 hits in just four innings.
Minnesota went 46-35 at Target Field en route to 101 wins this season but dropped two of its three games with New York there, including an epic 14-12, 10-inning contest July 23 that ended with an Aaron Hicks' diving, backhanded, game-saving catch on a Max Kepler liner into the gap in left-center with the bases loaded. Still, after a nightmarish start to the series at Yankee Stadium that saw them blown out twice, the Twins were looking forward to a chance to turn things around on their home field.
"It's going to be nice to go home, take the day off to kind of just recalibrate, and, hopefully, when we get in front of our fans, we can feel a little bit more comfortable," first baseman C.J. Cron told MLB.com. "We have nothing to do but win now. It's our only option. Hopefully we can do that."
"We're not looking back, we're looking forward," added outfielder Max Kepler. "We just have to play our baseball and believe in it."
--Field Level Media
Updated October 6, 2019