If I had to assign grades to the teams in the 2006 A.L. post-season, I would do so as follows:
Of course, this assumes that Mariano Rivera is fine for the post-season.
Looking this over, as a Yankees fan, I want to play the A’s, at some point in this post-season. The Yankees match up favorably with them.
The Tigers can’t hit – but they can pitch and field.
The Twins are probably a notch below the Tigers, overall, but, they’ve been a super-hot team lately. That concerns me. Plus, they have a huge home-field advantage.
It appears that the Yankees – unless they tank the rest of the year – are going to get the Wildcard team in the ALDS.
This all said, I think Yankees fans should root for the Twins to win the A.L. Central. This way, New York can face Detroit in the ALDS – and allow the Twins and A’s to beat up on each other in their ALDS.
And, if this happens, as stated before herein, Yankees fans should root for the A’s to beat the Twins.
If the Twins do not win the A.L. Central, then the Yankees would have to face them, and Johan Santana, in a best of five. That’s not in the Yankees best interests.
So, root, root, root, for the Twins until the end of the season. And, once the playoffs start, root for the Yankees (of course) and cross your fingers that the Twins start to lose.