The Yankees take care of business and sweep the Twins to advance to the ALCS. Here's my quick take on the series.
A-Rod, Posada, and of course, the Captain. They really carried the offense going a combined 13-32 (.406) with 4 HR and 10 RBI. Jeter seemed to get the big hits when the team needed them. A-Rod came through huge in this series. Big hits, timely HRs, driving in runs. The guy did it all. Is the monkey off his back??? For now at least...
The pitching, front to back, dominated the Twins. As a team they had a 1.55 ERA. That's amazing in the post season. CC, AJ, and Pettitte all had great starts, and the bullpen didn't let them down.
Damon (1-12), Swisher (1-12), Melky (2-12), Cano (2-12), and Teixeira (2-12), that's a combined 8 for 60 (.133). Teixeira gets a pass because he did come through with arguably the biggest hit of the series with the walk off HR for a Game 2 win. Those guys need to pick it up big time if they want to advance to the World Series. You can't have half the line-up batting .100 and expect to win.
The Angels sweep the Sox. I really had mixed feelings about the Boston/LA series. On one hand I was really glad to see the Sox get swept, having the Angels celebrate in Fenway...but on the other hand did we really want to see the Angels advance??? Well if the Angels can beat the Sox in the post-season, no reason to think that the Yankees can't beat the Angels in the post-season.
In the NL, I really have no interest in the Rockies/Phillies series. All I know is they should not play baseball if it's under 40 degrees. I am amazed that the Dodgers swept the Cardinals. They beat 2 of the top pitchers in the game to do it. I'm officially rooting for a Yankees/Dodgers World Series. That would be great theater.
On a personal note, I'm looking forward to being at the Stadium for Game 2 Saturday night with Old Prof. It will be my first ALCS, and the first time Old Prof has been back to see the playoffs since 1996!!!