American League Wildcard Game Pick: Oct. 3, 2017 (Twins at Yankees)

Minnesota Twins (85-77) at New York Yankees (91-71) 8pm EST

Twins: Santana (16-8, 3.28) Yankees: Severino (14-6, 2.98)

Favorite: Yankees -234

The MLB postseason kicks off tonight, when baseball’s most famous team, the New York Yankees, face the team with biggest turnaround for a post season run in major league history, the Minnesota Twins.

After finishing the 2016 season with a 59-103 record, the Twins have become the first team in major league baseball history to make the playoffs following a 100 loss season the year before.

The Yankees won the season series over the Twins 4-2. The Yankees swept the September three game series in New York, and in July the Twins took two out of three games from the Yankees in Minnesota.

Twins scheduled starter Ervin Santana allowed two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings at Yankee stadium on Sept. 18 in a 2-1 loss.  Santana will be making his third career post season start, and his ninth career post season appearance, but his first since 2009.  Santana is 0-5 with a 6.43 ERA in six career starts at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees scheduled starter Luis Severino allowed three earned runs in only three innings against the Twins on Sept. 20 in New York.

The Yankees are huge favorites here at -225, however in a one game winner take all situation anything can happen. Luis Severino has had a great season but is only 23 years old and will be making his first career post-season appearance.

Right now there is underdog value +110 on the Twins even if the lose by a run.  I expect the Twins to show some fight and even possibly pull off the upset. I am placing my bet for the Twins to keep this game with-in one run.

Twins +1.5 (+112)
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