New York media not as confident of Yankees dominating Twins

Minnesota is finally get some respect.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

New York media can be ruthless, especially when talking about the Yankees and Twins. 

The Twins, often referred to in the New York Post as the Yankees' "personal punching bag," will undoubtedly be going to New York for a best-of-five series against a familiar foe, albeit with plenty of fresh faces on both sides.  

Since 2003, the Twins have faced the Yankees five times in the playoffs, with the Bronx Bombers dominating the underdogs from Minnesota to the tune of 13 wins and two losses.  

But the tune in New York appears to be changing. 

In Thursday's New York Post, there is a story with this encouraging headline: "Why Yankees' playoff dominance of Twins may be in danger." 

That alone is a significant change from just five months ago, when the opening line after a May 3 game between the Twins and Yankees said "Perhaps nothing solves the Yankees’ problems more than a visit from the Twins."

Citing Minnesota's improved bullpen, MLB-best road record (53-25), and finally an ability to hit the ball over the fence, the Posts' Ken Davidoff believes the 2019 Twins cold prove to be a "considerably tougher opponent than their predecessors." 

"The past Twins teams just couldn’t keep up with the Yankees when it came to changing the game with one swing. The closest previous regular-season homer gap between these clubs occurred in 2017, when the Yankees went deep 241 times and the Twins 206. Through 159 games this season, however, the Twins have gone deep 301 times, an all-time record, and the Yankees 299."

Here's another angle to consider when trying to forecast the series: New York's pitching rotation for the playoffs could favor the Twins, especially after James Paxton, who was projected to be the Game 1 starter, left his start Friday night with tightness in his left glute.

  • Game 1: James Paxton
  • Game 2: Luis Severino
  • Game 3: Masahiro Tanaka

That's the projected rotation, which makes very little sense to me considering it will force Tanaka to pitch Game 3 at Target Field. Tanaka can be really good, but that's usually only the case when he pitches at home, where he has a 3.10 ERA in 16 starts. On the road, Tanaka is awful, posting a 6.16 ERA in 15 starts. 

That's great news for the Twins. Paxton is going to be really hard on Minnesota in Game 1. The lefty has a 0.91 ERA in his past five starts, allowing just three earned runs in nearly 30 innings of work. But Severino in Game 2 could also favor the Twins. 

Remember the 2017 wild-card game? Severino didn't make it out of the first inning as the Twins pounded him, including a two-run homer by Eddie Rosario. Severino is two years older and still very good, but he's pitched just nine innings after rehabbing an arm injury most of the season. 

Those nine innings were against the Angels and Blue Jays, whom he dominated. But the Angels and Blue Jays don't roll out lineups with mashers like the Twins do. 

If I were managing the Yankees, I'd start Tanaka in Game 2 and let Severino start the road game in Minneapolis. But hey, if New York goes Paxton-Severino-Tanaka, that's probably good news for the Twins. 

This series doesn't have the makings of a blowout for either team, but if the Twins can steal one in New York they'll have a great chance with the series headed back to Target Field for Games 3 and 4. 

Game 1 of the series is expected to be Friday in New York. 

Next Up

PD Shimmers closeup

Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.

flickr-mall-of-america-mitchell-hirsch-march-2019

When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.

Minnesota_Welcome_Sign_-_Minnesota_Welcomes_You_-_Taylors_Falls_(28269804891)

Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.

Texa-Tonka

Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

Related

Aaron Judge

We want New York, Twins postseason edition

Twins Daily looks at why the Yankees make for a better playoff opponent.

Didi Gregorius

Yankees hammer Twins into 0-2 series hole

New York has backed Minnesota into an all too familiar corner.

Nelson Cruz

Vegas odds favor Yankees, Astros over Twins in AL

Minnesota leads the AL with 50 wins, but bettors are buying it.

Rocco Baldelli

The Yankees see failure in their season, and so should the Twins

What's been dubbed a "great season" in Minnesota would be a total failure in New York.

Rocco Baldelli

Why the Twins shouldn't fear the Yankees

The Twins have a terrifying postseason past with the Yankees, but this time around there is nothing to fear in the ALDS.

Miguel Sano

Better playoff matchup for Twins: Astros or Yankees?

Barring a collapse in the Central Division, the Twins are headed to New York or Houston.

Rocco Baldelli

Baldelli not convinced of intimidation factor at Yankee Stadium

The Yankees have knocked the Twins out of the playoff 5 times since 2004.