Gil Dobie wrote:CAA Flagship wrote:Who came up with those advantages?
Santana has never won in Yankee Stadium. Even?
Does "Hitting" include home runs?
I'll take my chances on the fielding.
Depends on the day. Bullpen can be as bad as good.
That said, Twins will win 4-1.
I think Santana will be ready tonight.
Twins have a lot of young bats, that have raised their averages from the beginning of the season. They do have 9 players in double figures for homers, in a pitcher friendly stadium.
Defense has 2 possible gold gloves in Mauer and Buxton. Buxton has the speed to cover most of the outfield and can catch and throw. Hicks is great, but not at Bucks level. He has saved many runs for the Twins this year.
Bullpen, Twins have nuttin, need to get lucky.
For the last 20 years, the Yankees game plan has been to take a lot of pitches to wear the starter out. Drives me crazy because they have a lot of guys who can't hit with a two strike count. The strategy is dumb because they end up facing a fresh guy from the bullpen in the 6th inning vs. getting a third crack at a tired starter.
But this strategy may work perfectly with the Twins makeup.
Outfield defense is nice but the Yankees either strikeout or hit homers. Odds are that those guys won't factor into the game.
Yankees hold a 12-2 advantage vs. the Twins this year. Perfect situation for the Twins to win when it matters.
Severino is good, and as long as he has some sort of control, I think he will do fine. I just have no confidence in the Yankee bats even though there is no hitter that doesn't scare the pitcher. It's a weird roster. Only Castro and Torreyes are free swingers that don't play the "guess the pitch" game. If Santana throws 1st pitch strikes, he should keep the Twins in the game. Gardner, Ellsbury, and a handful of others never swing at the first pitch.