|Tom Verducci |
Pssst, here's the secret to beating the Yankees at Yankee Stadium: keep the ball in the park. The Yankees were 3-5 this year when they didn't hit a home run at Yankee Stadium. Of course, the scary part is that they had only eight games all year in which they didn't hit a home run at home. The talent gap is too big to ignore. YANKEES IN THREE.
|Jon Heyman |
The Yankees' talent advantage showed up seven times in seven regular-season games, and the Twins enter the series with an unrested rotation and depleted bullpen. They are a scrappy, tough team but are probably in over their heads here. YANKEES IN FOUR.
|Ted Keith |
Extra rest, a deep bullpen and a lineup with dangerous weapons at every spot are reason enough to give the Yankees the edge. Throw in home-field advantage, a 7-0 season series result and a Twins team that will be at least partially spent from chasing down the Tigers and you have all the makings of an easy opening series for the Yankees. YANKEES IN FOUR.
|Joe Posnanski |
The Twins have some magic going, and the Metrodome refuses to die, and the Yankees rotation after CC Sabathia looks awfully shaky. But the Yankees are much better than the Twins. YANKEES IN FOUR.
|Joe Lemire |
In the regular season, New York was 7-0 against Minnesota, and there's no reason that will change now. The poor Metrodome -- witness to a miraculous regular-season comeback -- hosts the Twins' elimination for its final game. YANKEES IN THREE.
|David Sabino |
Minnesota made a valiant effort to get to the postseason without Justin Morneau, posting the best winning percentage in baseball from September 1 on. However, they're facing the team that was just a half game behind them on that list despite being in cruise control for most of the month. The Yankees have owned the Twins, taking 18 of the last 24 regular and postseason games, including all seven this season. The matchup of the series will be when Carl Pavano takes the hill against his ex-mates. YANKEES IN THREE.
|Ben Reiter |
Yes, the Twins are 19-8 since Labor Day, but they were beating up almost exclusively on the mediocrities that populate the AL Central. At least Minnesotans will have one more opportunity to say goodbye to the Metrodome. YANKEES IN THREE.
|Jonah Freedman |
If the Rockies taught us anything, it's never bet against the hottest underdog entering playoffs. But as fun as that 12-inning win over Detroit was, it's hard to see the exhausted Twins have much left in the tank, especially against the most complete team in baseball. YANKEES IN FOUR.
|Cliff Corcoran |
I never gave credence to the Twins' efforts to overtake the Tigers in the Central, so you can take this prediction with that in mind provided you also bear in mind that the last time the Twins played a game against a team outside their own underwhelming division they had a losing record. Joe Mauer might be the best player on either team right now, but the Yankees are significantly better than the Twins in every other way. The Twins best chance is for Carl Pavano to strike out Alex Rodriguez looking in a big spot in Game 2, as that just might prompt the Bronx faithful to burn down that fancy new ballpark, forfeiting the series to Minnesota. YANKEES IN THREE.
|Lee Jenkins |
The Twins will send the Metrodome off in style with at least one win, but they can't match up with the Yankees for an entire series. YANKEES IN FOUR.
|Albert Chen |
Even if their ace's October woes continue -- CC Sabathia is 0-3 with a 10.93 ERA over the last two postseasons -- the Yankees have too much depth and too much offense. And don't overlook the improved defense. YANKEES IN FOUR.
|Melissa Segura |
Who wouldn't be exhausted after watching -- much less playing -- Minnesota's late-season surge? A rested, relaxed Yankees clubhouse gives the New York crew an obvious advantage. YANKEES IN FOUR.