On first glance, it might be tempting to view the Twins' first-round playoff draw as a bad omen.
The New York Yankees swept Ron Gardenhire's crew last October en route to a World Series title, and they will come back for a rematch beginning Wednesday. The Yankee mystique, restored in full last fall and very much in play even now, will pose a challenge to the Twins from the first pitch onward.
Ample experience and evidence supports the apprehension that continues to grip Twins Country. The absences of Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan are conspicuous, as was the team's inability to finish strong after clinching the AL Central on September 22. The bullpen depth and dominant starting pitching that fueled the Twins' second-half breakout now seem to be in question.
Take heart, though, Twins fans. Though it may not seem so, this is the perfect match-up for the Twins. Minnesota will win the Series, likely in four or five games. Here are five reasons why.