The Yankees and Athletics will battle it out in the Bronx in this win-or-go-home matchup in the AL Wild Card Game at 8:08 p.m.
The Yankees have made back-to-back Wild Card Games, with a win coming against the Twins at Yankee Stadium last season. ...New York recorded their 20th 100-win season after 2018. It was their highest win total since their 2009 World Series team that totaled 103 wins. ...The Yankees broke the single-season MLB home run record with 267 regular season homers. They homered in 80.1 percent of their games.
|Nick Martini, LF||Andrew McCutchen, LF|
|Matt Chapman, 3B||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Jed Lowrie, 2B||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Khris Davis, DH||Giancarlo Stanton, DH|
|Matt Olson, 1B||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Stephen Piscotty, RF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Ramon Laureano, CF||Miguel Andujar, 3B|
|Marcus Semien, SS||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Luis Severino (3.39 ERA/1.95 FIP, 1.14 WHIP in 191.1 innings over 32 starts), who will look for redemption tonight after a rough Wild Card start last season against the Twins. Severino only lasted one-third of an inning in that one, allowing three runs on four hits including two homers. Luckily, the bullpen and offense bailed him out.
Severino has faced the A's twice this season -- once at home back in May, and the most recent coming on Sept. 5 in Oakland. At home, Sevy allowd just one run on five hits while striking out seven and walking two over six innings. However, his most recent start was a dud, allowing six runs, five earned on six hits over 2.2 innings.
Severino pitches better at home this season with a 2.74 ERA compared to a 3.99 ERA on the road. He also sported a 3.98 ERA in September.
Who is starting for the Athletics?
RHP Liam Hendriks (4.13 ERA/4.33 FIP, 1.46 WHIP in 24 innings over 25 appearances), who will be the A's "opener" before handing the ball off to the bullpen after likely one inning.
This has been something Hendriks has been used to for over a month now, and he excels in getting a good start for his team. He has not allowed a run since Sept. 1, in which seven of those innings came in starts.
Hendriks has a 1.38 ERA over the second half.
The winner of this bout will pack their bags and head to Boston to face the Red Sox in the ALDS, starting this Friday. The loser will dust off their golf bags for the offseason.