• Book It: Yanks To Face Tribe In ALDS

    Posted by on September 27th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    The Red Sox have a magic number of two in the A.L. East. This pretty much means that the Yankees will be the Wildcard in the A.L. this season.

    The Angels are three games behind the Indians in the loss column. This means that the Tribe now just needs one more win this season (in their remaining four games) to ensure that the Angels have the third-best record among the division winners.

    And, once that happens, it means the Red Sox would face the Angels in the ALDS and the Yankees would take on the Indians.

    Between facing the Angels and the Indians, I would take the Indians. So, this is a nice break for the Yankees – in terms of who they will face in the ALDS.

    Comments on Book It: Yanks To Face Tribe In ALDS

    1. sju38621
      September 27th, 2007 | 2:58 pm

      “Between facing the Angels and the Indians, I would take the Indians. So, this is a nice break for the Yankees – in terms of who they will face in the ALDS.”

      After what happened last year, I’m afraid to celebrate something like this, though I feel the same way…

    2. Sky
      September 27th, 2007 | 4:15 pm

      Why the Indians over the Angels, I’m curious.

      I’d probably pick the Indians to win it all this year for these reasons:

      - CC and Fausto. Two of the top 10 starters in the majors this year. (I do worry about Fausto running of steam, though.)

      - Solid lineup. The Indians aren’t the Yankees on offense, but they’re good and are definitely capable of going on an offensive tear.

      - Great bullpen. Borowski’s ERA is ugly, but his peripherals are actually pretty good. But then you’ve also got Betancourt and Perez, two of the top relievers in the league this year. Being able to protect leads is one of the things BPro showed to be important in the playoffs. And it makes sense.

    3. September 27th, 2007 | 4:41 pm

      ~~~Why the Indians over the Angels, I’m curious.~~~

      It’s no knock on the Indians. They’re a great team. It’s just that the Angels always seem to beat the Yankees. The perference is clearly driven by the theory that it’s best to face the lesser of two evils.

    4. Pete
      September 28th, 2007 | 2:37 pm

      >> – CC and Fausto. Two of the top 10 starters in the majors this year. (I do worry about Fausto running of steam, though.) >>

      IMO Wang and Pettite are comparable – when you cancel out the #1 and #2 starters, the Yankees *clearly* have the better team.

      Cleveland is where it is because they got to face the White Sox & Royals 19 times a piece. Sure we have Baltimore & Tampa in our own division, but those teams always seem to give us problems.

      Plus the fact that Detroit never played up to its potential…

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