Next Step: ALCS

In case you haven't noticed, a good portion, if not all of the posts in the month of October will be about my beloved Yankees.

The Yankees continued their dominance of the Minnesota Twins with a 3-0 series sweep. That's a record of 10-0 this season against the Twins in 2009, I wish we could play them 162 games a season with numbers like this. We also have dominated the Twins in each of our last 4 playoff matchups. When the Twins beat the Tigers there was that feeling in my gut that we had the Twins number but they were playing sooo well that it made me nervous.

We didn't annhilate the Twins but we capitalized on their mistakes and we were lucky enough to ride the bat of Alex Rodriguez to a series sweep. Another big game out of Arod, Pavano and Pettitte were exchanging blows and really dominating the opposing hitters. Pavano gave up a game tying home run once again to Arod and then Jorge followed up with a solo shot to take a 2-1 lead.

We would hold on to the lead for the rest of the game but not without some tension of course. Jeter made a game saving/changing play in the bottom of the 8th to get a ball hit up the middle and saw Punto round 3rd too far and threw immediately to Jorge. Jorge fired it to 3rd to nail Punto and instead of runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out, it was runner on 1st with 2 outs.

We tacked on some insurance runs in the 9th and the next thing you know it was ball game over, ALDS over, Yankeees Win, Theee Yankees Win!.

In case you missed the Red Sox/Angels game, Papelsuck blew the game for the Sox with two outs in the ninth with a two run lead. He quickly got two outs and then gave up a line drive up the middle to Aybar. Figgins then walked to place runners at 1st and 2nd. Abreu came up and lined a double off the monster, scoring Aybar. Hunter was intentionally walked to set up a force at any bag and then Vlad the Impaler lined a 2 RBI single up the middle to take the lead.

Next up probably the only team in the playoffs I don't want to see. The Angels have had our number for as long as Torre was managing the team. We finally took a series from the Angels in Anaheim for the first time in like 5 years this season, so hopefully we can take that momentum and roll with it. This series is not going to be easy by any means. The Angels are a very scary ballclub and do everything right. They have a balanced lineup 1-9 and will no doubt try and rattle our pitching staff on the base paths. Here's to an exciting ALCS and the 2009 playoffs that will enshrine Arod forever in Yankees lore.

I really don't like the fact that game 1 of the ALCS is going to be Friday night. I understand Fox paid a lot of money to broadcast these games and they want prime time days/hours. Giving both teams 4 days off will hurt the teams more than it helps in my opinion and 2 days off is reasonable. Ha it also doesn't help that I am going to Vermont for the weekend, I'm just hoping I'll be able to get watch the Yanks!