The Yankees have taken a dominant 2-0 lead on the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS after out-scoring their 101-win opponent 18-6 in the first two games of this series at Yankee Stadium. For Game Three tonight, the teams have traveled to Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Luis Severino will toe the rubber for the Yankees in only his fourth start of 2019 after missing nearly the entire regular season due to a shoulder injury. Severino has looked great in his first few outings, allowing only two earned runs in 12 innings pitched. He is seen by some as the Yankees’ biggest x-factor in terms of their ability to make a deep run in 2019.
Severino has been known as the Yankees ace ever since he pitched to a 2.98 ERA in 31 starts back in 2017. He has shown brilliance in his young career, but will he be able to translate it to the postseason after only three spring training-like starts in September? We’ll find out tonight, as the Yankees trot out the same lineup they used in over the first two games of the series in support of Severino. You could say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The Yankees will Jake Odorizzi tonight. Odorizzi could have most definitely been a candidate to pitch Game Two for the Twins, but they opted to go with something of a bullpen game instead. In two starts and ten innings pitched against the Yankees this season, Odorizzi has allowed nine earned runs and has given up 12 hits. It is important to note that in the first start Odorizzi, pitched six shutout innings striking out eight while only allowing two hits. In the second start, he lasted only four innings, giving up nine earned runs on ten hits and two homers. So the Yankees have seen two very different versions of Odorizzi in 2019, and what version they see tonight could definitely dictate who wins this game.
The Twins will run out this lineup behind Odorizzi for Game Three:
First pitch is at and 8:40 ET. You can watch this game on FS1 and you can listen on ESPN Radio, WFAN 660 AM and 101.9 FM. Go Yankees!