Before I begin, hats off to the Twins for beating all odds and making it in. Hopefully the extra revenue will help ease the mollywhopping they’re about to receive. Also, you gotta feel for those Detroit fans. They just had one of those Chicago- fan type of years.
- Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees
Season Series: NY 7-0
Yanks win if…
They do what they’ve been doing all season, which got them the best record in baseball. CC Sabathia can’t do what he has been know to do in the postseason either (7.92 career ERA).
Twins win if…
The baseball gods show some serious mercy. As you can see, they didn’t win a single game verse the Yanks in the regular season. The also won’t have Morneau like they did then. With Baker having just pitched, the rest of their mediocre staff is going to have to somehow limit the Yanks bats if they want to compete.
NY’s X-Factor: CC Sabathia
Like I previously stated, Sabathia is terrible in the postseason. Earn your check big fella.
Minny’s X-Factor: Brian Duensing
If he can capitalize on a potentially poor start from Sabathia, and the Twins win game-one in miracle fashion, things could get a little more interesting.
Yanks sweep like your wife should be doing right now
- Boston Red Sox vs. LA Angels
Season Series: LA 5-4
Angels win if…
They forget about the past. The Sox have absolutely dominated the Angels in the playoffs, losing 9 of the past 10 games. These are two very different teams than in the past, though. The Angels have an outstanding pitching staff while the Sox aren’t as deep as they would like to be.
Sox win if…
Lester and Beckett put the team on their backs. Boston is going to need these two to pitch as much as they can this series, even if it means going on three days rest.
LA’s X-Factor: Vladimir Guerrero
Vlad missed a good portion of time this season and had one of the worst year’s of his career. He has been hitting well as of late, though, and the Angels will need him to be that intimidating force we have all come to know.
Boston’s X-Factor: Jacoby Ellsbury
It all starts at the top. Ellsbury has the ability to change games with his speed. If he gets on base and causes havoc like he did during his rookie year in the playoffs, it will make things tough for the Angels.
Angels in 5