Preview: Twins Vs. Yankees

2009 head-to-head: Yankees won season series 7-0

Rotation dominance

Twins (8th)Yankees (4th)

LHP Brian Duensing

(5-2, 3.64)

LHP CC Sabathia

(19-8, 3.37)

RHP Nick Blackburn

(11-11, 4.03)

LHP Andy Pettitte

(14-8, 4.16)

RHP Carl Pavano

(5-4, 4.64)

RHP A.J. Burnett

(13-9, 4.04)

RHP Scott Baker

(15-9, 4.36)

RHP Joba Chamberlain

(9-6, 4.75)

Closer's dominance

Twins (3rd)Yankees (1st)

RHP Joe Nathan

(2-2, 2.15, 47 saves

RHP Mariano Rivera (3-3, 1.76, 44 saves)

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How hot are they

(last 20 games)

16-4 (1st)12-8 (2nd)Pythagorean record86-76 (8th)95-67 (2nd)Secret sauce42 (5th)14 (1st)

Prediction

The plucky Twins, with their stunning late-season run, are an amazing story, reminiscent of the 2007 Rockies, who kept surging all the way to the World Series. But the combination of the Twins' depleted pitching and the Yankees' sheer talent advantage is simply too much to overcome. Yankees in three.


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