New York Yankees: Luis Severino Ready For Minnesota

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

On Monday, the New York Yankees will be looking for a three game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in Minnesota. To do so, the team will be sending out Luis Severino for his seventh career postseason start.

If anybody remembers, his first came just two short years ago against the Twins in the AL Wild Card game. He went just a third of an inning that evening, but the Yankees still managed to get the win and get within a game of the World Series that season.

“I don’t even remember that” said Severino on Sunday about the 2017 Wild Card game. He goes into Monday with a fresh mindset, clear of his injury plagued season and prior postseason appearances.

Severino also feels confident about what he’s accomplished in his three starts this year. He’s 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings, and only gave up runs in his final start. Throughout his starts, his velocity continued to increase as well as his location and movement.

He is now looking for his second win in 2019, a win that would send the Yankees to most likely Houston for the ALCS. If Tampa somehow came back against Houston, the Yankees would open the ALCS at home.

Monday will be in the mid-50s and clear in Minnesota, with a sold out crowd at Target Field. Fans should be rowdy, but it’s nothing the Yankees can’t handle. They’ve always played well on the road, and plenty of Yankees fans will travel to Minneapolis and will be behind Severino all night.

If Sevy can just stay calm and execute his pitches like usual, he should have a great start and be able to send the Yankees off to the next round.

 

 

New York Yankees Look To Sweep ALDS

New York Yankees, Didi Gregorius

Wow. What a start to the postseason.

The New York Yankees absolutely dominated the first two games of the ALDS at home against the Minnesota Twins. After a shaky few first innings in game one, the Yankees absolutely took control behind the likes of DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres and won 10-4.

The bats stayed red-hot in game two, and it took no time to get on the board. Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Gardner, and Torres had RBI singles, and Didi Gregorius had a grand-slam as the Yankees won 8-2.

Now, the team looks towards game three and an ALDS sweep in Minnesota. Ace Luis Severino will make his fourth start of 2019 and will face former Tampa Bay Ray Jake Odorizzi.

The Twins will be playing at home, attempting to break their 15 game postseason losing streak. Hearing that should just drain their confidence even more. When Didi hit the grand slam in game two, the Twins looked done. They were done trying. Now, they must win three games in a row in a national spotlight against a team that they haven’t beat in years in October.

Getting the series done in three games would be huge for the Yankees. They would have five days off until the beginning of the ALCS on 10/12. All of their arms can get rested, and the team can get healthier. And they would have the same amount of rest, if not more rest the the Astros/Rays depending on how long the series goes and who wins.

A sweep in the ALDS would be huge for the New York Yankees.

New York Yankees: ALDS Games One And Two Game Times And TV Info

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Game and TV information for the first two games of the ALDS for the New York Yankees have been announced.

Game One:

7:07PM ET on MLB Network. Bob Costas and John Smoltz on the call.

Game Two:

5:07PM ET on Fox Sports One. Joe Davis and John Smoltz on the call.

Umpires:

Gary Cedarstrom (CC), Lance Barksdale, Eric Cooper, Manny Gonzalez, Adrian Johnson, and Todd Tichenor.

New York Yankees Play Poorly In Andujar’s Return, Lose 7-3 To Twins

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees had an overall poor game-the pitching staff struggled as well as having a limited offense, losing 7-3 to the Twins.

Nobody had it

No Yankee pitcher really seemed to have anything going on Saturday. With the extended use of the bullpen on Friday, Aaron Boone was forced to use the younger, low-leverage guys and it didn’t pan out after JA Happ struggled.

Happ gave up seven hits and four runs over 5 and 2/3 innings of work. He got three strikeouts, walking one and giving up two home runs. Both home runs came off of relatively high fastballs.

Happ got seven ground-balls and six fly-balls, getting eight swings and misses. He threw 81 pitches and 51 strikes.

After Happ, Joe Harvey, Steven Tarpley, and Jake Barrett each pitched, giving up one run each.

It was just one of those days where nobody had it.

Welcome back, Miggy

Miguel Andujar returned from the IL on Saturday, and picked up a hit while batting fourth. That was the only positive; in the field he had two errors-one fielding and one throwing.

But, it was DJ LeMahieu who led the Yankees with two hits, missing the last three games with a knee contusion.

Gary Sanchez hit his 11th home run of the season, now tied for first in the AL. That is extremely impressive since he was hurt for two weeks, and catchers generally rest once every five or six days.

The other Yankee to score was Brett Gardner on a wild pitch, and it seems that that is how a lot of the Yankee runs have been scoring of late.

Torres, Gardner, and Maybin each had base-hits. Defensively, Cameron Maybin robbed Jonathan Schoop of a three-run home run in the fourth. It’s easily the play of the year thus far for the Yankees.

Luke Voit didn’t get on base for the first time all year, ending his streak at 42 games. A very impressive streak for an up-and-coming player.

With weather in the area, Sunday’s rubber-match has been pushed back to a 4:05PM start, still on MLB Network, YES, and Fox Sports Go. Domingo German gets the ball for the Yankees against former Yankee Michael Pineda of the Twins. After everything Pineda went through, it will be nice to see him on a mound again in New York, and he should receive a nice hand.

 

 

Gary Sanchez Goes Yard Twice and Paxton Injured as New York Yankees Win 6-3

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

James Paxton only pitched three innings due to an injury, but the bullpen stepped up, as well as the offense for the New York Yankees to beat the Twins 6-3.

The Yankees return home, and so does their offense

The Yankees got it going early in the first when Gleyber Torres singled home Brett Gardner. Luke Voit walked in the inning to extend his on-base streak to 42 games.

Voit also got a hit in the second, the ball staying in the infield, also registering an RBI.

The Yankees picked up two in the fourth off a wild pitch and a ground-ball to second off the bat of Gardner.

To conclude the offense, Gary Sanchez hit solo-home runs to left in the fifth and seventh for his ninth and tenth of the season.

Paxton’s brief evening

James Paxton was removed after the third inning with knee soreness, and will get an MRI on it Saturday.

He gave up two hits and a run, while walking three. It just looked like he was uncomfortable up there, and it showed in his performance. Now, the Yankees just have to hope that it isn’t too serious.

But luckily, the Yankees had a well rested bullpen.

Jonathan Holder pitched two perfect innings to continue his stretch of strong outings. Adam Ottavino and Tommy Kahnle each followed with perfect innings.

But, come the eighth, Zack Britton came in for an inning of work. After a walk, he served up a two-run homer to Nelson Cruz.

But it never amounted to anything, as Chapman shut it down for the save in the ninth.

Andujar is ready

Miguel Andujar will be in the line-up and be activated on Saturday. He will be the first of a few that are close to returning. Stanton and Hicks will be ready next.

To make room for Andujar, the Yankees sent Mike Ford down to AAA.

Game two of the series will take place on Saturday at 1:00PM on MLB Network, ESPN+, YES, and Fox Sports Go. JA Happ (1-2, 4.68 ERA) gets the ball for the Yankees against Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.34) of the Twins.