Playoff Positioning

Friday, October 1st, 2004 @ 1:19 am | Sports

Crud. I hate rooting for the Yankees. It’s not right. However… I don’t want the Red Sox to play the Twins in the first round of the playoffs. The concept of two games against Johan Santana in a 5 game series just scares me.

The Yanks beat the Twins today, locking up the AL East Division title for the seventh consecutive season. David Points points out why this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for Sox fans:

Minnesota is now tied with the Angels and Athletics for 2nd best record in the AL. The Twins have losing records against both the Angels and A’s, so the Twins need to sweep the Indians this weekend to have a shot at home field for the first round.

The Angels and A’s are playing this weekend to decide the fourth and final playoff spot in the AL. One team has to take at least 2 of the 3 games, so I’d say the Sox have a decent chance of missing the Twins in the first round.

Personally, I’d rather see the A’s take the West. First, I like the A’s better than the Angels. I think it goes back to a few years ago when the A’s were MLB‘s frat house on the diamond. Second, the Red Sox’ offense has gone through Oakland’s pitching like a hot knife through butter 🙂

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