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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays This Weekend Is Your ALCS Preview

NEW YORK - JULY 17:  Carl Crawford #13 of the Tampa Bay Rays bats against the New York Yankees on July 17, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Jim FolsomContributorJuly 29, 2010

The two best teams in baseball will meet this weekend in the Dome in St Pete. The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays will get it on for perhaps the upper hand going down the stretch.

August is upon us.

This is when baseball really gets interesting.

The cream will rise to the top and the pretenders will start to fold. The winner of this series will be cream. The loser will still be cream too. This is the type of series that, if you're a baseball fan, you have to watch.

The Yanks and Rays both have it all.

They have great pitching. The Yanks can throw C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, and when healthy, Andy Pettitte at you. The Rays counter with All-Star starter David Price, recent no-hit hurler Matt Garza, and Jeff Niemann. The bullpens have those lock-down closers with maybe the best ever in the Yanks' Mariano Rivera and the Rays closer extraordinaire, Rafael Soriano.

Both teams have speed and power in the lineups too. The Rays can hit you with speedsters like B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford or they can go deep on you with Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, or Ben Zobrist. The Yanks have great hitters in veterans Derek Jeter, Mark Texeira, and Alex Rodriguez. And they can play the speed game with Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, and Curtis Granderson.

If you cannot get excited about this series, then you are not a baseball fan. This is going to be great stuff.

The Yanks are coming in hot. They have the best record in baseball at 64-36. That is a .640 win percentage. The only other team in baseball playing at .600? You guessed it. Tampa Bay. They are 62-38, a .620 percentage. 

What you will be watching here is most likely a preview of this year's ALCS.

The winner will most likely win this year's World Series.

I know, I know, there is still a lot of baseball to be played still. If I were a betting man, I'd be putting my money on one of these two teams to win it all. This weekend might tell me which one that would be.

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