New year same result. The Yankees continued their dominance of the twins once again eliminating them from the playoffs in the ALDS The Yankees started right where they began last postseason by coming back in both games one and two of the series to take both games in Minnesota. Game three was far from a comeback win however. They took control early and did not let up the final out. While the Yankees were still considered a favorite by most, they still surprised a lot of people and may have changed some minds as to who in the best team in the American league.
Outside of what was a just okay start from the teams ace CC Sabathia, the Yankees pitching staff was phenomenal and made the Yankees look like a team that could beat anybody. Andy Pettitte who had a lot of question surrounding him health wise proved that he was as healthy as could be. There was even more questions surrounding Phil Hughes who was making his first ever postseason start. Phil who got a lot of help from the bombers offense certainly did not need it pitching 7 scoreless frames. The Yankees bullpen although not needed a lot was nothing short of lights out. David Robertson and Kerry Wood both recorded a few outs with relative ease. Closing out every game was Mo and he was exactly what he has been since the late 1990’s.
The Yankees bats gave the pitching staff more run support then they needed. Every batter who started had at least 2 hits. Mark Teixeira was the hero in game 1 with a last blast to give the Yankees a lead that they would not give away. Late season pickup Lance Berkman was the hero in game 2 with an RBI giving the Yankees the lead also in inning number seven. Everyone got in the action in game 3. Jeter who some people had doubts about after one of the worst seasons of his career was able to get a few hits in the series. Jorge added on to his postseason resume with several hit. Cano and Swisher who both seemed to disappear this time last year each had a nice amounts of hit. Curtis answered the call to many Yankee fans who wondered if he could bring the same spark to the Yankees that Damon did, with a big triple off the right field wall in game 1. The DH situation, made up of Thames against lefties and Berkman against right handed pitching provided a great amount of offense with Berkman coming up huge for the Yankees in game 2 with a homer and the go ahead double. Thames hit a rocket to right center in game 3 that appeared to be the knockout blow to the Twins who looked done emotionally after the long shot.
The defending champions were very impressive in the first round. Many questions were answered. They might have been a slight underdog before the series but with the great production they got in all aspects of the game, they just might have made themselves the front runners. Multiple players game up in all 3 games with big hits and several pitchers got big outs and had strong outings in all three of the games. The only worry that a Yankee fan might have at this point is if the rest might make the Yankees a little rusty. The Yankees are a team that always turns it no when they have to. A great example of this is the Yankees stumbling into the playoffs then continuing their dominance of the twins. It will be interesting to see what happens with the bombers next.