The last time the Twins and Yankees met, earlier this season in mid-May at Yankee Stadium, the Twins got owned, plain and simple. We played tough in every game, yet the Yanks always found a way to come back and beat us in the late or extra innings.
However, things have always been a bit different at the Metrodome (save for the ’03 and ’04 ALDS series’) for the Yankees. While they haven’t exactly struggled at the park, they also haven’t come in too many times and waltzed all over us, either. If the Twins are on their “A” game, they can compete with anybody, but the difficult part is doing it for all nine innings against the Bronx Bombers. With other teams you can have easy outs or innings, but against New York it is easy for things to spiral out of control at any time, what with the cavalcade of hitters they send up to the plate one after another (no Buscher-Punto-Gomez combination in that lineup).
As you can probably tell, I’m pumped for tonight’s contest. Maybe we’ll even see some of this…
Mean? Yeah. Deserved? Absolutely!
Preview (43-40, 2nd, 1.5 GB DET): C.C. Sabathia (7-5, 3.85) vs. Scott Baker (6-6, 4.99). All things considered, there really couldn’t be a more fitting way for this series to begin. Baker is, rather mysteriously, a historic Yankee killer, while the Twins will be reacquainted with old nemesis C.C., who either owns us or gets rattled in the early innings.