The Yanks are Coming
Most teams aren't thrilled to the play the Yankees in the playoffs. But the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are not most teams. For one reason or another, the Angels have played the Yankees extremely well over the years, which included an impressive 3-1 series win in the 2002 ALDS. If you recall, that was the series in which Mike Scioscia refused to go to Troy Percival in the 8th inning of game one, and was bashed by the New York media after the combination of Ben Weber, Scott Schoeneweis, and Brendan Donnelly combined to give up four runs in an 8-5 Yankee win. Scioscia stuck to his guns though in game 2, and used both Weber and Donnelly in the 8th. He then brought Percival in for the final out, but the message was clear. Scioscia was not going to let the Mike Lupicas and other demanding members of the New York media dictate how he would run his ball club. The Angels outslugged the Yankees in Games 2, 3, and 4, by the scores of 8-6, 9-6, and 9-5.
This time around, the Angels' lineup isn't quite as potent as it once was. So can the Halos move on to the ALCS? LAist takes a look at the matchups, position by position.