Oakland and Minnesota have their best chance to get some postseason hardware. Neither the yanks or the Red Sox have the best starting rotation. The A's do, but they can't seem to get it done in October. This is their best chance I reckon. I know for the Twins it is Santana and that's it, but looking at the Sox and the yanks I feel the Twins have just about as good a shot as anybody in a short series. I really thought Boston had the best pitching staff, but looking at Lowe, Foulke and Wake recently has made me rethink. Yanks are clinging to El Duque's arm. Oakland has Mulder, Hudson, Zito and Harden. All legit arms. This is their best chance in years.
Agreed. One of these years Oakland is going to get it right and actually win a playoff series.
If it sets up the same as last year with the Yankees playing Minnesota and Sox playing Oakland I think the Sox could get picked off. The Yankees should have enough fire power to get by Minnesota even with Santana. I would be more concerned for the Yankees if they were playing Oakland or even Anaheim (If they somehow overtake Oakland).
I just don't think Yankees-Red Sox II should be set in stone.