• The Twins It Will Be…….?

    Posted by on September 24th, 2006 · Comments (3)

    According to the folks at CoolStandings.com the odds say that the Yankees will face the Twins in the 2006 ALDS.

    The Yankees beat the Twins, 3-1, in the ALDS in 2003 and 2004. Will this be the year that Minny gets payback?

    I think the Yankees should be able to score 4-5 runs per game against the Twins, on average, if everyone in the line-up does their normal thing. So, it should come down to pitching.

    Mussina owns the Twins, or, at least he has in the past. That’s good. And, if the Yankees can give Wang his starts at home, that should help.

    Put it this way – the Yankees should win this match-up.

    But, then again, this Yankees squad (meaning the main guys on the team) has lost 7 of their last 9 post-season games. So, nothing in the post-season should be considered a lock.

    Comments on The Twins It Will Be…….?

    1. MJ
      September 24th, 2006 | 11:15 pm

      It comes down to pitching. And the Yanks aren’t doing enough of it these days. Even if the Yanks score 4-5 runs, the Twins seem capable of scoring at least that many off RJ, Wright, and Moose.

      I sure hope the Yankees are just having a hard time finding motivation right now and that they’ll “flip the switch” when October comes. Right now, I’m not feeling particularly cheery about the team.

    2. baileywalk
      September 25th, 2006 | 12:03 am

      Meh. The Tigers and Twins don’t scare me. Neither team has disciplined hitters. The Tigers swing at everything, and the Twins are similar. Those types of teams are perfect for guys like Johnson, Moose and Wright. Santana is the only pitcher you worry about from the Twins, and though Detroit has a pretty good staff, no one on that team has given us trouble (though we haven’t faced Kenny Rogers this year).

      The team that’s slightly worrisome is the A’s. A Harden-Haren-Zito-Blanton foursome is pretty tough. It was disappointing to hear that Harden was coming back. When healthy, he’s probably the toughest pitcher in the AL (maybe worse than Santana). Facing the A’s won’t be easy. Though I think Wang and Moose could hold up the pitching end of things (Johnson had a few bad games against them at the Stadium).

      In a perfect world, whoever we don’t face goes to Oakland and knocks off the A’s. If that happens, I’m (pretty) confident we’ll have a chance for number 27 this year.

      Of course, anything can happen. At this point we just have to hope the biggest strength of this team — its offense — snaps out of its malaise.

    3. Yu Hsing Chen
      September 25th, 2006 | 3:07 am

      Actually Twins have decent plate discipline… they simply didn’t have much power…. Nick Punto ? though with Torii Hunter’s secnd half power surge and Rondell White finally remembering how to hit. their offense isn’t THAT shabby.

      The Tigers on the other hand… have a down right atrocious offense that can only beat crappy teams like the Royals.

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