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October 2, 2006

Getting Ready
by SG

Bernie Williams's tenure as Yankee manager ended up being unsuccessful, as his team fell to the Blue Jays 7-5 yesterday afternoon. Jaret Wright wasn't particularly good, but overall on the season he was about average as far as the value he provided the team. His peripherals indicate that he's been lucky, but hopefully that luck continues through the rest of October.

For the last few weeks it's been almost destined that the Yankees would meet Minnesota in the ALDS. However, a slumping Tigers team managed to blow their big division lead and now will come to the Bronx instead. It seems like a far more favorable matchup for the Yankees, but as RB in DC from BTF reminded me, so did the Angels in 2002.

I'll have a detailed statistical preview up later today or tomorrow hopefully. Here are the tentative matchups and starting times.

Game 1: Wang vs. Robertson, 8 p.m. on Fox
Game 2: Mussina vs. Verlander, 8 p.m. on ESPN
Game 3: Johnson vs. Rogers, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Whether it's on ESPN or Fox, the real losers are the fans.

And congratulations to Joe Mauer for winning the batting title. He didn't sit out as he could have, and earned it by going 2 for 4. To do it as a catcher makes it even more impressive.

BTW, there's a new poll on the left where you can make your ALDS prediction.

Update: Reader Ryan S. put together a playoff bracket card for anyone who wants to do a baseball postseason pool. Here's the link.