2011 ALDS Preview

The 2011 American League Divisional Series is upon us.  Too bad the Red Sox finished their choke job and not join the playoffs (tee-hee).  At any rate, here is how I see the ALDS shaping out…

New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers.  Both of these teams are quite similar.  They both can hit.  Both of their starting pitching is not deep beyond their ace.  The Game 1 matchup of Justin Verlander vs. CC Sabathia may be the lowest scoring game of the series.  However, look for lots of scoring in this series, which doesn’t bode well for the Tigers.  Can the Tigers hang with my Yankees’ power of Curtis Granderson (former Tiger), Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez?  I don’t think so.  Yankees in 4.

Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays. This is the undercard of the ALDS.  The reality is these were the two hottest teams in the American League heading into the playoffs.  This is a classic matchup of strength vs. stength: the Rangers’ hitting vs. the Rays’ pitching.  In the playoffs, good pitching usually beats good hitting.  Look for the Rays to ride the triumvirate of David Price, James Shields, and Jeremy Hellickson past the Rangers.  Rays in 5.

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