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Yankees believe they are underdogs

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08:11 AM ET 10.06 | Alex Rodriguez invoked David and Goliath on Tuesday night, though it may surprise some to learn where he painted the Yankees. "I mean, for us to be David in this situation, I think, is great," Rodriguez said. Yes, Rodriguez was acknowledging that the Yankees are the underdogs in this series. And judging by the playoff seeding, they are. They did not win their division. They do not have home-field advantage. But the Yankees, at 95-67, actually finished a game ahead of the Twins.

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Alex Rodriguez, AP Alex Rodriguez, AP
October 6, 2010  08:17 AM ET

Bad analogy! The Twins are still David. The Twins should be hungrier & that should make a difference. Should.

October 6, 2010  08:38 AM ET

hahahahahha

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October 6, 2010  09:36 AM ET

Right... and I should have won an Oscar for my more serious roles.

October 6, 2010  09:58 AM ET

the way the yankees play the last month and a half, its very clear they are a underdogs, but the twins are not better either they did lost as many games on the last two weeks as if they were done with the play offs games!

October 6, 2010  10:37 AM ET

whatever it takes for arod to motivate himself....i guess. but he's not too far off. the yanks have not been playing that great of baseball and the pitching is suspect. people can talk about the lineup diffrences all they want but playoff baseball is usually about the pitching and timely hitting.

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October 6, 2010  11:02 AM ET

Yuck the Fankies

October 6, 2010  11:12 AM ET

I would give the Twins an edge in this series based on several factors:

1. They have the best home record in the league.
2. Target Field is not the launching pad that Yankees Stadium is, and the Yankees rely heavily on hitting HRs to win games.
3. The Twins have more pitching depth than the Yankees. After C.C., the rest of the Yankee starters are question marks.
4. The Yankees' inability to stop the running game. Ron Gardenhire will no doubt take advantage of that and give all his players the green light to run as soon as they get on base. Posada has been atrocious at throwing out runners this season.

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October 6, 2010  11:25 AM ET

2nd best record in the major leagues (Philly's 97 wins doesn't count as it was accomplished in the minor [NL] leagues), 206 million dollar payroll and all star players at virtually every position and this **** retaard thinks they are underdogs????

Stay in school kids, you don't want to end up a moron like Alex.

October 6, 2010  11:39 AM ET
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2nd best record in the major leagues (Philly's 97 wins doesn't count as it was accomplished in the minor [NL] leagues), 206 million dollar payroll and all star players at virtually every position and this **** retaard thinks they are underdogs????Stay in school kids, you don't want to end up a moron like Alex.

In the minor NL league that beat up on the AL in the all star game. The AL very weak this season. NL wins the WS no matter who comes out. There's just no AL team that scares you this season.

October 6, 2010  11:48 AM ET
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In the minor NL league that beat up on the AL in the all star game. The AL very weak this season. NL wins the WS no matter who comes out. There's just no AL team that scares you this season.

NY, Boston (even with their injuries), Tampa and probably the Rangers all would have won over a 100 games in the NL.

October 6, 2010  11:49 AM ET
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2nd best record in the major leagues (Philly's 97 wins doesn't count as it was accomplished in the minor [NL] leagues), 206 million dollar payroll and all star players at virtually every position and this **** retaard thinks they are underdogs????Stay in school kids, you don't want to end up a moron like Alex.

On paper the Yankees may be the better team, given all their big names on the roster. But if you look at it realistically, how many of those "all-stars" played like all-stars this year? Yea, they have a huge payroll, but that means nothing when the players aren't performing up to that standard. An inflated payroll and former all-star selections are not going to win any games for the Yanks. Yea, they are the sexy pick because they've got the big names and the glamorous history, but from a pure objective baseball standpoint, I think they are the worst of the 4 AL playoff teams.

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October 6, 2010  12:00 PM ET
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NY, Boston (even with their injuries), Tampa and probably the Rangers all would have won over a 100 games in the NL.

Hahahaha... if you want to speculate, I could say those same teams may not even make the playoffs in the NL. NL/AL same results for the Phillies.

October 6, 2010  12:03 PM ET
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Hahaha.That's **** hysterical.The Phillies are the only really good team in the NL.

Pitching seems to be much stronger on the NL side this season after CC and Lee.

October 6, 2010  12:15 PM ET
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I would give the Twins an edge in this series based on several factors:1. They have the best home record in the league. 2. Target Field is not the launching pad that Yankees Stadium is, and the Yankees rely heavily on hitting HRs to win games. 3. The Twins have more pitching depth than the Yankees. After C.C., the rest of the Yankee starters are question marks. 4. The Yankees' inability to stop the running game. Ron Gardenhire will no doubt take advantage of that and give all his players the green light to run as soon as they get on base. Posada has been atrocious at throwing out runners this season.

the yanks pitching is their biggest problem. but let's not get it twisted the twins after liriano arent' exactly sending up jack morris, frank viola, or a johan santana. the twins will do whats kept them successful throughout the year. play solid defense, and their pitchers keeping them in ball games. "the yanks inability to contain the running game???" i don't even see where that is pertinent against the Twins; Gardy's club doesn't even run that much. and would argue that yanks steal more than the twins. not to mention that the yanks own the twins. beat them in both series faced this season and swept them in the playoffs last season. So, the hopeful twins can only hope that the Yanks pitching remains suspect because if does not then it will be an early off season for the Twins.

 
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