2012 Regular Season Head-to-Head Record: 9-9
The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles saw a lot of each other this season and I think I speak for most MLB fans when I say this would be the best matchup to see in the ALDS.
The Orioles had a handful of players step up to make a run at the division, including Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Mark Reynolds, Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy and pitchers Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman Jason Hammel, and of course closer Jim Johnson.
These two teams split the season series, and despite posting just a plus-7 run differential, the Orioles found themselves in prime position to win the AL East division entering the final day of play.
The Yankees, on the other hand, boasted the second-highest run differential (plus-136), led the MLB in home runs and earned the best record in baseball.
While New York's pitching staff ranks in the middle of the pack statistically, they have experience on their side with guys like Andy Pettitte and C.C. Sabathia and an offense that can overpower you with just a few swings (just ask the Boston Red Sox).
As good as this matchup was during the regular season, I'd take the Yankees if this matchup were to occur because of the team's postseason experience and the roster itself.
Derek Jeter had arguably his best offensive season, Robinson Cano is the hottest hitter in the game and Ichiro Suzuki has been a revelation for the Bronx Bombers.
I think ESPN's tweet describes Cano's hot hitting the best:
Baltimore didn't exactly contain Cano during the regular season, as the slugger hit .282/.354/.479 with three home runs and eight RBI.
Hats off to what the Orioles have done this season under Buck Showalter, but I have to think that the Yankees would beat Baltimore in the ALDS if the O's defeat the Rangers in the Wild Card game.