The New York Yankees ended their homestand on a wild note with this series against the Oakland Athletics. It felt like a playoff series in so many ways. There was the Orioles winning all the close games to put pressure on New York, there was great pitching from CC Sabathia on Friday, but more importantly clutch home runs by Russell Martin on Friday and Raul Ibanez on Saturday to give the Yankees their fourth straight series victory. Now, the Bombers travel on the road for their last seven road games of the regular season. The next ten games should be easy for the Yankees, but that is why they play the games.
It all starts Monday night at Target Field when New York takes on the Minnesota Twins. This is the first matchup since April between these two teams that were playoff rivals just two seasons ago. Now, the Twins have taken a downward spiral due to the lack of finding good homegrown starting pitching. They do have Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, but the player to watch is outfielder Josh Willingham and his 35 home runs, which is uncharacteristic for that ballpark.
As far as the Twins go, they will not just lay down and die for the Yankees. They are coming off a sweep of a doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Sunday and will play Detroit over the weekend at home. They will have a say in potentially both the AL East and AL Central races over the next ten days if they play their cards right. However, will this be a case of same old Twins if they have another late inning lead against New York?
For this show, I talked with Eric Pleiss from PuckettsPond.com and Knuckleballsblog.com to talk about the pitching matchups, the Twins’ plans for 2013, the AL East and Central race, as well as the debate between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout for AL MVP. Remember, there are only 2 regular season shows left for the season, so sit back and enjoy the next ten days! They will be thrilling in more ways than one.