Since 2002, the Twins are 35-87 (.282) against the Yankees in the regular season, by far their worst winning percentage against anyone. And that doesn’t include FOUR series losses to the Yankees in division series (2003, 2004, 2009, 2010) in which the Twins went 2-12 and in 2009 were victimized by this horrendous blown call:
With replay review that would have been overturned and maybe the result of that game and series is different.
So why not just skip this series and send the Yankees to the ALCS? Seems pre-ordained, doesn’t it? The Yankees won 103 games this year.
But the Twins won 101 and set a new MLB record for home runs in a season (307), one more than the Yankees. So we should expect a slugfest in this series, right?
Maybe, but the Twins also have some good starting pitching, particularly Jose Berrios. The Yankees pitching is a bit more unsettled — their pitching staff as a whole gave up the seventh-most home runs in MLB while the Twins allowed the seventh-fewest.
And the Twins had the best road record in the major leagues this year, 55-26, although they lost two of three in Yankee Stadium in May.
I’m going to call for the upset here: Twins in five.
Game time for Twins/Yankees: 6 p.m. CT. TV: MLB Network. Announcers: Bob Costas, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci.
Jose Berrios (Twins) vs. James Paxton (Yankees)
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