The Yankees enter tonight’s Wild Card game against the Twins as the favorites to advance to the American League Division Series against Cleveland. It’s not really a surprise considering the fact that the Yankees finished six games ahead of the Twins for the right to host the game at Yankee Stadium.
ESPN has the Yankees as the favorites by 1.5 runs with an over/under of 7.5. The indication here is that they aren’t predicting the game to be a pitcher’s duel by any means. That makes sense considering the rather hitter friendly dimensions of the Yankees’ home ballpark.
I think I speak for everyone when I say that our nerves could collectively use a blowout win for the Yankees. New York has a team that is very capable of protecting a lead with a strong bullpen, but they also have the offensive fire power to put the game out of reach for Minnesota early. Hopefully that ends up being the case.