Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in 12 innings Tuesday night, securing the opportunity to lose to the Yankees in the first round. The Twins made an extremely remarkable come back in September – on Sept. 6, they were 68-68 and 7 games back of the Tigers. By Saturday October 3, the Tigers lost 3 straight and the Twins won 3 straight to tie it up at 85-76. With both teams winning on Sunday, a one-game playoff was required at Minnesota’s Metrodome.
With 5 straight wins and a 19-8 record in the last month, the Twins are a hot team – but let’s not forget the fact that the Bombers were 7-0 against the Twins this season. I still see the Yankees winning the series in 4 games.
It was announced Tuesday that Jose Molina will start Game 2 of the series – as AJ Burnett’s catcher. Despite #1 catcher Jorge Posada’s obvious disappointment, this was the right decision. As ESPN pointed out, with Posada as the catcher, Burnett has struck out 79 of 434 batters and allowed opponents a BA of .270. With Molina as the catcher, Burnett has struck out 77 of 288 batters and opposing batters have a .221 BA.
Burnett was 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA in his first season as a Yankee. He has postseason experience as a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins World Series Championship team.
Brian Bruney will not be on the ALDS roster according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN’s Twitter account. No word on how this information was compiled. The opens up a spot for David Robertson ;-). The official roster will most likely be announced sometime Wednesday before the game.
Game 1 intros should start somewhere around 5:45 and the first pitch is scheduled for 6:07 Wednesday. All games in the series will be broadcast on TBS.