Because of the rules around first place teams not being able to play a Wildcard winner from their division in the LDS, if the Red Sox or Rays win the A.L. Wildcard this season, the Yankees cannot face them in October unless they reach the LCS. So, this means, as of today, it appears that the Yankees will face the Tigers, Angels or Rangers in the ALDS this year – with the latter happening if Texas wins the Wildcard.
The beauty with Texas winning the Wildcard would mean that the Angels cannot face the Rangers in the LDS. So, if Texas gets it, New York would face them in the ALDS – because it’s doubtful that the Tigers will have a better record at the end of the year than the Yankees.
Of course, if the season ended today, the Yankees would face the Tigers in the ALDS and the Angels would face the Red Sox.
What would have to happen for the Yankees to face the Angels in the ALDS? Texas would have to win the Wildcard and the Tigers would have to finish with a better record than the Angels – which is unlikely to happen.
Looking this all over, if I had to guess, I would say that the Yankees would draw the Tigers in the ALDS this year – or maybe the Rangers if they can win the Wildcard.
Of the two teams, which is the one you would want to face, as a Yankees fan, in the first round of the post-season? You want to deal with Motown’s Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson and Rick Porcello in a best three out of five set? Or, does Texas’ Kevin Millwood, Scott Feldman and Tommy Hunter scare you less?
It seems like the Rangers big three would be an easier ticket, no? What do you think?