It comes down to the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays and their jockeying for position in the AL East. The loser gets handed a wild card berth and a first round ticket to Target Field in Minnesota. If the Yankees get thrust into this matchup, it will be the second year in a row that they face off with the Twins in the postseason.
The Yankees prevailed last year en route to the World Series, but now if they were to duel with the Twins, they would be facing a red hot, offensively-charged club that wants to win now, more than ever. It could probably be assumed that a matchup between the two would be closer and more competitive than it has been in the past.
From looking at it from the Twins vantage point, there are a lot of factors that could work in their favor in this series, despite the fact that they lost the season series against the Yankees this year. Here are the biggest reasons why the Twins could shock the defending World Champions at any point in the playoffs over the next month.