Zack Greinke has not pitched against the Yankees this season, but the Kansas City ace has an opinion about which AL Central contender the Bombers should prefer not to face when the playoffs open next week.For the most part I agree with Greinke, but then there's that part of me -- I've mentioned this several times before -- that remembers me hoping the Yanks would face the Tigers in '06 and the Indians in '07 and makes me weary of hoping to face one team or another. So I'll just sit back and see what happens. Of course on paper the Twins are the "easier" matchup for the Yanks, but the bottom line is that when the postseason starts, all that regular season stuff goes out the window. Whichever team gets hot, and most importantly pitches better, will win their series.
Just as you'd expect a Cy Young front-runner to say, Greinke gives the edge to the Tigers over the Twins because of their pitching.
"I didn't think Detroit's pitching would do as (well) as it did for as long as it did," Greinke said before the Yankees beat the Royals, 4-3, Tuesday night at the Stadium. "They've got three guys who could pitch well in the playoffs for them, and the Twins don't really have a (Justin) Verlander or (Edwin) Jackson or (Rick) Porcello. (Minnesota's) bullpen might be better, but with those three guys, facing the Tigers would be harder."
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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