It's Not Over, But…Just before the MLB 2010 playoffs commenced, I had a feeling the Minnesota Twins had a strong potential for being the surprise team in the postseason. They played incredibly well in their new, open-air home called Target Field. They won the American League Central with relative ease and managed to overcome losing their All-Star closer, Joe Nathan, prior to the season. They took a chance and signed the aging veteran, Jim Thome, and he delivered.
Of course, the New York Yankees had to settle for the AL Wild Card and were matched up against the Twins. The Twins have a history of losing to the Yankees in the first round of the playoffs, the American League Division Series. Despite being a playoff team, the Yankees are clearly not as good as last year. Their pitching struggled going into the postseason. A.J. Burnett had a down year, and Mariano Rivera struggled down the stretch.
If you look at my predictions for the postseason, you'll see that I decided the Twins had a shot at the American League pennant. When the Twins jumped on CC Sabathia in Game 1 and took a 3-0 lead early, I thought that proved they'd win. Unfortunately, the faltered and couldn't hold the lead. After losing the first two games at home, it appears they'll be packing their bags and brushing up on their golf games before the weekend is over. Being a best-of-five series, the Twins will have to travel to Yankee Stadium, win both games in New York, then travel back to Minneapolis and win Game 5.
Not impossible, just unlikely.