• Looking Ahead To The ALDS

    Posted by on August 29th, 2009 · Comments (6)

    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?

    Comments on Looking Ahead To The ALDS

    1. Evan3457
      August 29th, 2009 | 11:41 pm

      The Yanks (or their fans) “wanted” the Tigers in 2006, and the Indians in 2007. That did not work out as scheduled.

      One way or another, the Yanks will have to go through the either the Angels or the Red Sox to get to the World Series.

      They’ll have to conquer one of the two.

    2. clintfsu813
      August 30th, 2009 | 12:10 am

      The ’98 Yanks werent afraid of anyone. This team is close if not as equally stacked as that one. Bring em on, whoever it is. Im hoping for LAA..need some payback.

    3. YankCrank
      August 30th, 2009 | 8:57 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The Yanks (or their fans) “wanted” the Tigers in 2006, and the Indians in 2007. That did not work out as scheduled.
      One way or another, the Yanks will have to go through the either the Angels or the Red Sox to get to the World Series.
      They’ll have to conquer one of the two.

      Exactly. It doesn’t matter who we face. Bring em on, i’m confident with this Yankee team going to battle with anybody.

    4. butchie22
      August 30th, 2009 | 10:09 am

      The Arlington Cowherders AKA the Rangers just took 2 out of 3 @ the Stadium, they can do decently against New York. The Tigers ? Jackson, Verlander and Washburn…not a shabby top three. Boston? We all know about what the reality has been since 2004. And the LA Anaheim/Pasadena Assholes of Orange County, Cali? They own the Yanks. All that being said, the games have to be played so anything can happen. And in the words of the Golden Boy St Jeter: the hottest team wins in the playoffs ( not necessarily the best)….

      Clint, this team doesn’t remind me of 98 that much. Call me jaded but I don’t see it. One of the differences between 98 and now, is that teams don’t fear the Yankees anymore. Boston doesn’t. The Angels don’t. And at that time , they quivered in their boots when they faced the Yankees, not now and that’s important to note……..

    5. clintfsu813
      August 30th, 2009 | 10:39 am

      I agree Butchie. I was speaking of overall talent, but it is time we get that fear back. It can start Oct. 5th.

    6. September 5th, 2009 | 7:06 pm

      [...] I wrote the other day – You want to deal with Motown’s Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson and Rick [...]

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