New York Yankees
The second ALDS will get started on Wednesday night at Target Field, as the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees duke it out in MLB betting action.
We know that the Yankees have one heck of a lineup, and that is going to make them a tough squad to top. Names like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Lance Berkman, Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira... The list could just go on and on for the potential heroes for the offense.
However, it is CC Sabathia that is going to be the man of the hour for the Yanks. Last season, he had a sub-2.00 ERA, which really took care of any thoughts that he wasn't a postseason pitcher. Is this the Cy Young Award winner this year? At 21-7 with a 3.18 ERA, it's hard to deny this southpaw of the hardware. Sabathia hasn't pitched since September 28th, so he should be plenty fresh for this game. In his career, the lefty is 13-8 with a 3.05 ERA in 28 career starts against the Twins, a team he used to play all the time in the AL Central with the Cleveland Indians. We all know that Sabathia getting through eight innings with the lead is going to be deadly for the Twinkies, as Mariano Rivera might be the best closer ever to pitch in the postseason.
The Twins got some awful news earlier in the week when it was found out that 1B Justin Morneau wasn't going to be partaking in the postseason thanks to post concussion problems. Jon Rauch is another key injury, as he might be out through the end of this series. Still, manager Rod Gardenhire has all the tools to compete with in this series, including knowing that both Matt Capps and Brian Fuentes are in his bullpen.
However, the man to start on Wednesday night is LHP Francisco Liriano. It wasn't that long ago that Liriano was tabbed to be the next Johan Santana for the Twins. Things haven't quite panned out for the most part, but this year showed signs of brilliance. Liriano went 14-10 this year, and he struck out 201 batters on the season. The problem for this southpaw is that he lost his last three starts of the regular season. However, he has just a 3.12 ERA in five career appearances against the Yanks.
This is going to be one heck of a series. We aren't so convinced that playing on the Yankees is this easy. Target Field is a nightmare to go into, and in the first postseason game in the history of this stadium, we tend to think that the hosts aren't just laying down and dying. You won't see a price like this again on Minnesota for the rest of the season. Take advantage of the MLB odds.
Selection: Minnesota Twins +125