It’s here! After four days of waiting, the Yankees’ playoff run will finally begin tonight. The Yankees will hope to play deep into the month and eventually add a 28th World Series title to their tally. Before any of that can happen, they have to get through the ALDS against the Twins.
On paper, this will be a battle of two of the most impressive offenses in baseball. The two teams finished first and second in home runs, becoming the first and second to ever hit 300 in a season. Combined with the occasionally less than stellar pitching the teams showcased at points, we could very well see some fireworks tonight.
For the Yankees, the big news is that Edwin Encarnacion is in the lineup. He hasn’t played since September 12th when he suffered an oblique injury, but is back an hitting fourth. Other news of note, although not shocking, is that Luke Voit is on the bench for game one. Brett Gardner will hit in the three hole, which is not totally surprising considering his season, but would have been a shock if you had told someone before the year.
James Paxton will get the ball to make his first career playoff start after putting up a 2.51 ERA in August and September.
Jose Berrios will take the mound for Minnesota. The two-time All-Star did not appear against the Yankees in the regular season, but has appeared in a playoff game against the Yankees. Berrios threw three innings in the 2017 Wild Card Game, where the Yankees tagged him for three runs.
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