Twins to Be Yankees Opponent

After an exhilarating game against the Tigers the Twins have won the Central division. Their reward: a divisional round playoff series against the 100-win NY Yankee team.  The Twins are a good scrappy smart baseball team but if the Yankees bats are going they don’t have the pitching to keep them quiet or the offensive players to keep up. It is not hard for me to say the Yankees take this series in three advancing to the ALCS for the first time since their embarrassing series loss to the Red Sox after being up 3-0.

Looking at the first game the Twins will have a rookie pitcher, Duensing, out there while the Yankees will be sending the CY Young candidate C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia has struggled recently in the playoffs and can not afford to start the series with a loss here. While the match-up is definitely in the Yankees favor it would be a huge hit to the Yankees chances if they were to lose this game or have Sabathia struggle in the postseason.

The second game is going to be the game to decide the series. The Twins put out Nick Blackburn and the Yankees send out AJ Burnett. Blackburn has been arguably the Twins best pitcher and while Burnett has been good, he has been inconsistent this season. If the Yankees win this game the series is in the bag; however, if they lose this one this series can go to five games and if the Twins keep themselves in the series they can make magic happen. Just look at Detroit, talent wise the Tigers have the edge, but they let the Twins back into the division race and in a one game playoff were eliminated by the Twins.

While there is a chance the Twins pull this series out I feel there is too much going in the Yankees favor. They were a perfect 6-0 against the Twins during the regular season, have the more favorable pitching match-ups, have the more dynamic line-up, and can hit against All-Star closer Joe Nathan. This evidenced by the two blown saves he has against the Yankees this season. Ultimately the only way the Yankees lose this series is if their players discover they can’t play in the postseason, otherwise this should be a good tune-up series for the Yankees to get the offense rolling after not have an important game to play for over a week.

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