2010 ALDS: New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins
Yankees lead series, 2-0
Game 1: Yankees 6 - Twins 4
Game 2: Yankees 5 - Twins 2
Are the Yankees better than the Twins? Yes.
Are the Yankees THAT MUCH better than the Twins? No.
The only answer as to why the Twins CANNOT scrape out a single win against the Yankees in the postseason is that the Twins honestly believe this "David vs. Goliath" thing.
I mean, it has to be.
If the Twins don't make a miraculous comeback, this will be the 4th consecutive playoff series they completely fall apart against the Yankees, dating back to 2003.
The Twins have now lost 8 consecutive postseason games to the Yankees and what's puzzling about it is, they have led in all 8 games, only to succumb to the Yankees in the later innings. This unusual 8-game losing streak (after having a lead in all 8) is, by far, a major league postseason record.
All in all, they are 2-11 since 2003 against the Yankees in the postseason-- all in the ALDS.
The Yankees are 7-0 all-time in games played in Minnesota and 4-2 in games played in New York. The two wins the Twins have mustered were Game 1 of the 2003 ALDS and Game 1 of the 2004 ALDS, both behind, ahem, Johan Santana.
Overall, the Twins have lost 10 consecutive games in Minnesota. Their last home win came in Game 1 of the 2002 ALCS against the then-Anaheim Angels.
As for the Yankee curse--
There is no doubt in my mind that the Yankees have gotten inside the psyche of the Twins. As broadcaster Ron Darling said today, "it's the 800 pound gorilla in the room that nobody wants to talk about."
No need to talk about it. It's obviously visible that David is intimidated by Goliath.
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