A LIttle CWI think I have read every article on the baseball playoffs, and conventional wisdom suggests that the schedule in the AL works against both Angels and Red Sox.
- The Angels would probably beat the Yankees (with some difficulty).
- The Yankees would probably defeat the Twins (handily) and the Red Sox (narrowly).
- The Red Sox would probably defeat the Angels (narrowly).
The Angels will face their most difficult opponent first rather than hoping that they might be eliminated by another team. Of course, I do not think that wild card teams would normally faced the winners of their own division.
My prediction: the ALDS will be won in the fifth game, eighth inning on Manny's glove and Chone's legs.
I'll be back later with more baseball and Johno bashing.