Purgatory Online

Sunday, October 03, 2004

The Twins lost to the Indians this afternoon, meaning that, regardless of the outcome of the Angels-A's contest, the ALDS matchups will feature the Red Sox versus the Angels and the Twins versus the Yankees. The Angels-Sox game will start at 4:00 Eastern Time on Tuesday.

A few days ago, Twins blogger Aaron Gleeman studied the situation and concluded that he'd rather the Twins lose home field advantage and face the Yankees in the first round of the playoffs, instead of having to play Boston. I sympathize; certainly that sweep in Boston was a low point for the Halos. But, thinking about it, I realized that this is no worse than going into Yankee Stadium in 2002, underdogs to such a degree that it seemed that no one was giving them a second thought. Boston's got a terrific team this year, but they've got to come into Anaheim and win.

The last week has been a warmup. The real excitement starts in 48 hours.