Someday (or by Sunday) it will leak out that the Yankees did not mind giving up their, here we go, defending regular season AL East Division throne, to the Rays for the opportunity not to face Cliff Lee, no matter his physical condition, and the Rangers in the ALDS.
This is where a candid David Wells would have come in handy to tell it like it is. The Yankees have mastery over the Twins and nothing repeats like baseball history.
But it's not the Metrodome, you say?
Where does not matter. The Yankees won two games in new Target Field and they only need to split the first two to negate the Twins' home field advantage. That brings the best-of-five series back to Yankee Stadium, where winning two games should be within their grasp. If not, it wasn't their year.
Game 1 starters CC Sabathia vs. Francisco Liriano as opposed to Sabathia vs. Lee (even at the Stadium) would not have put the Yanks in the best position of advancing.
A split at home would have sent them to Texas, where they lost three straight (and were shut down by Lee) in their last visit.
Let the Rays deal with the Rangers. The Yanks are in the right series at the right time.