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If I May

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The Yankees Media Machine

On Monday in New York City, the focus was on the 0-4 New York Giants, with a small portion left for the surprising “success” of the 2-2 Jets.

But as Tuesday drew closer, the focus turned to the Baby Bombers and their Wild Card matchup with the Twins. How do Gotham’s writers and fans see this game? You can start below...
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Wondering how the Yankees roster and lineup will look Tuesday night? Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn’t saying, but Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News predicts it will be similar to what faced Ervin Santana two weeks ago. That means that Aaron Hicks will not be starting in center field. He also lays out the way Girardi would like to use his bullpen.

Mazzeo writes that while Aaron Judge’s remarkable season is nice, Yankees players are judged (and revered) by their fans by their performance in October. The New York Times’ Billy Witz agrees, noting the difference between Mr. October and Mr. May.

The New York Daily News’ John Harper sees a Yankees team that could make a surprise run this October - IF they can win a dicey one-game Wild Card versus the Twins. Meanwhile, if you want to throw up in your mouth, you can read the Daily News’ Frank Kilinski’s review of the Twins-Yankees postseason battles.

Enough about the Yankees. The New York Posts’ Kevin Kernan wants to talk about Byron Buxton and how he could be a Yankees nightmare. Nice try at a reverse jinx, Kevin. You’re not fooling us. Meanwhile, the Post’s Ken Davidoff thinks it is a Yankees player, specifically Gary Sanchez, who will find himself in the spotlight.

The video-heavy Newsday reports that Girardi expects a win, based on how his team has done in September. Newsday’s Erik Boland finds that a lot of that confidence is rooted in Luis Severino, the Yankees starting pitcher. That confidence may be reflected in how much Yankees fans are paying for tickets for Tuesday night’s game. Newsday’s Neil Best reports the prices are far higherthan for the last Wild Card game the Yankees found themselves in.

In short, New York sees it the same way as the rest of the country, including Minnesota. The Yankees are favored, but it’s one game and anything can happen in one game. Whichever team loses will need to take solace in a bright future, albeit a future that will be a little more distant than the coming month.

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Connor Gould
Oct 03 2017 06:10 AM
I think it's that the Yankees feel like they need to win so they're in denial that the Twins have any chance. Meanwhile Twins fans are realistic about the odds and are just going with a relaxed "whatever happens, happens" attitude.
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diehardtwinsfan
Oct 03 2017 06:30 AM

I'm looking forward to the day of wiping that smug attitude off of their pompous faces...

 

 

that was the PG version

    • Blake, Jerr, Mike Frasier Law and 8 others like this

Twin fans deserve some karma. We got bounced year after year by PED loaded teams. We're due for a nice win that ****s over Yankee fans and to do that behind a pitcher with a PED suspension on his sheet would be perfect.

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Old Twins Cap
Oct 03 2017 07:32 AM

Sanchez, their catcher, he has some real issues blocking balls down low, or even just catching them.

 

But, we need runners on base.Lots of them.

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I used to hate the Yankees as a kid.Then, when I worked for the Twins, I got an up-close look at the "Yankee Mystique."Most teams would have anywhere between one and three writers covering the team.The Yankees had like, about 25.I still don't like the Yankees, but that experience gave me a whole new respect for the Yankees and how important they are to New York.  

The Wall Street Journal even did a full page on the lopsided playoff record, and pointed out that Mauer and Perkins are th eonly guys remaining from the last time they played in the postseason. A pretty fair article.

    • Oldgoat_MN likes this

Twins have to have a lead before the Yanks get to Chapman if they want to win this game.

 

Twins have to have a lead before the Yanks get to Chapman if they want to win this game.

I would like it to go that way.

But Chapman isn't unbeatable, either.

    • Dantes929 likes this

No Sano, but a bunch of worthless pitchers on the roster in the bullpen, that won't even be used. It is up to the bats tonight. Lots of runs and early.....

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Daniel Kramer and Joe Trezza / MLB.com say:

 

It's a matchup few saw coming when the season began, with Minnesota coming off a 59-103 2016 campaign and the Yankees still thought to be a year or two away from legitimate contention. But both clubs rebuilt in what felt like record time, as both relied on the progression of several key young players to quickly turn into contenders again.

 

Record time for the Twins rebuild. Yup. That's what 7 years has felt like to me.... record time.

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yarnivek1972
Oct 03 2017 11:14 AM

Sanchez, their catcher, he has some real issues blocking balls down low, or even just catching them.

But, we need runners on base. Lots of them.


FWIW, the Twins had 6 baserunners in 3 innings against Severino less than two weeks ago.

 

I think it's that the Yankees feel like they need to win so they're in denial that the Twins have any chance. Meanwhile Twins fans are realistic about the odds and are just going with a relaxed "whatever happens, happens" attitude.

 

In this century, I have yet to see a Twins team perform in the playoffs with a relaxed "whatever happens, happens" attitude. Not one game. The fans? Maybe, some. Not mostly. Perhaps, now? Not me.

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Jimmy Kimmel, while saying goodbye to A-roid after his spot on Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel show, said the playoffs start on Thursday. Bite Me, Jimmy Kimmel!

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It's always up to the bats to beat the Yankees..and they always fall short. Let's hope just this once it's different. There's so much wrong with a lot of the talk I'm hearing on the radio and at work, but haven't had a chance to put it into words yet.

One thing I will say before having to go back to work, is that the talk of "all the pressure is on the Yankees" is garbage. All the pressure SHOULD be on the Twins..the Yankees are the monkey on their back. And if there's pressure on the Yankees, so what? They're the Yankees. They can play under pressure.
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John Harper: "The Yankees may own Ervin Santana, if you go by his 6.43 ERA over six starts in this Yankee Stadium, but it was only two weeks ago that they were locked up in a 1-1 game in the sixth inning against him, and if that’s the scenario on Tuesday night, the level of angst at the Stadium will be palpable."

 

I hope we get the most recent Ervin in this game.......

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I'm looking forward to the day of wiping that smug attitude off of their pompous faces...

 

 

that was the PG version

Oh hell yeah!  Ditto that!