The New York Yankees have been a model of postseason consistency for almost two decades. This year is no exception, as the Yankees qualified for the playoffs for the 18th time in the last 19 years.
The 2012 Yankees have faced much adversity on the path to the postseason. They lost Mariano Rivera in May to an Achilles injury and have had a slew of key players spend time on the disabled list.
Still, the Yankees have persevered and find themselves with home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.
Best Playoff Matchup
This one is hard to say, because the Yankees have lost to the Detroit Tigers (2006,'11) and the Texas Rangers (2010) in the postseason. Statistically, their best record this season against any of the AL playoff opponents was against Detroit (6-4).
With all things considered, right now, the Yankees' best matchup would be against the Rangers. Historically, with 2010 being the exception, the Yankees have owned the Rangers in the postseason. They also have the ability to match the Rangers toe-to-toe in the run-production department.
Also, there is no Cliff Lee to deal with this time around.
Worst Playoff Matchup
This one is a toss-up between the Oakland A's and the Tigers.
The Yankees have historically played poorly against the Tigers in the playoffs. They don't match up well against them either, as the Tigers are very right-handed heavy in their lineup.
Oakland steamrolled to the AL West crown and will pose a formidable task for everyone in the AL including the Yankees.
The Yankees are loaded with playoff experience at every position.
The Yankees are 20-11 since Sept 1. They just outscored the Boston Red Sox in a three-game sweep by a margin of 28-7.
The Yankees will not have the "great" Mariano this postseason. Mark Teixeira has been dealing with calf issues but seems to be ready to go.
The Yankees seem to be flying under the radar this season. It's been a tough road for them, as they have lost just about every key player on the roster for a significant amount of time. The real question is whether or not Derek Jeter and company will be able to continue persevering through October.
A healthy CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte also should provide a lethal one-two punch in these short series contests.
Odds to make World Series: 3 to 1