Five questions about Yankees-Twins
DIVISION SERIES: YANKEES VS. TWINS
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We've seen this Yankees-Twins series before, and almost always with the same results. Last year in the ALDS, the Yankees swept the Twins, their ninth straight loss in the ALDS. But even though the Twins have lost eight of 10 going into the postseason, this series has a different feel, maybe because it opens at Target Field, maybe because the Yankees aren't the team they were in 2009. This series could go either way and likely will go in every direction.
Here are five questions about the series:
1. How important will CC Sabathia be in this series?
2. How important will Francisco Liriano be?
3. Is ruling Justin Morneau out in any way a good thing?
4. What are the injury issues?
5. Can the Yankees hit their way through any pitching problem?
The Yankees led the league in runs scored again this season. For the first time in club history, they had three infielders who drove in 100 runs. Mark Teixeira got hot in the second half and became the first player since Frankie Crosetti in 1937 to score over 100 runs despite hitting under .260. One thing to watch with the Yankees is how they react to playing their fourth game ever at Target Field. It is tough for a hitter to see the ball there because the sun or the lights shine off the big Twins insignia in right-center field and into the eyes of the hitters. The Yankees might have trouble with that, but with their lineup, trouble doesn't last very long.
PREDICTION: YANKEES IN FIVE
Tim Kurkjian is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. His book "Is This a Great Game, or What?" was published by St. Martin's Press and is available in paperback. Click here to order a copy.
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