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Detroit or Oakland, New York can Beat Either
The Yankees will face either the Detroit Tigers or the Oakland A’s for the ALCs. As of this writing, the opponent is yet to be determined. Let’s look at how each matchup will go.
The Oakland A’s surprised everyone by making it this far. The addition of Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick and the rise of a young pitching core fast-tracked the Athletics from being a team on the rebuild to being in the postseason.
Not long ago, the A’s had the Yankees down by the throat. They unleashed three homers in the 13th inning. Most folks counted them out. Except the Yankees. They stormed back to win the game. They learned that they were capable of the nigh impossible. They carried that attitude into their last few games, again winning from behind against the Red Sox on October 1.
The Yankees have a bone to pick with the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers beat them in last year’s ALDS 3-2 in Game 5. The Yankees want that game back, and they will be anxious to gain revenge against Detroit.
The man to beat is Verlander, who just beat the A’s. "Sabathia versus Verlander, Part Two" would be as exciting as Part One. The Tigers barely escaped with the victory then.
The Tigers' big guns are Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. The Yankees see the Tigers with Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano, and raise them Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, Derek Jeter, and Ichiro Suzuki.
Once past either team, the Yankees will be primed to beat the NL Champions for the Series win.