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Yankees over Tigers in 3. The Yankees handled Detroit easily during the regular season, and that was when the Tigers weren't struggling and the Yankees were dealing with injuries.
Twins over A's in 5. A's continue their grand tradition of first-round choke jobs (four straight from 2000-2003) by winning the first two in Minnesota and losing three in a row.
Mets over Dodgers in 4. The Mets' pitching was fine for a good portion of the season without Pedro, and the Dodgers don't have a quality lefthander to counter the Mets' lineup with.
Padres over Cardinals in 5. Probably the most even matchup of the first round. Home field and the lull St. Louis came into these playoffs on gives San Diego the edge.
Yankees over Twins in 6. The Yankees have had Minnesota's number over the years, and Santana is the only real threat to the Yankees' lineup. He wins two, New York wins the rest.
Mets over Padres in 6. Wells & Embree are the only hopes San Diego has to keep this one close. Mets dominated the season series, which doesn't bode well for San Diego.
Yankees over Mets in 6. It won't be as one-sided as earlier series was, but the Yankees are stocked with quality lefty middle relief that will kill the Mets in crunch time.
(Disclaimer: Picking the Yankees to win is predicate in great part on Randy Johnson being able to perform. Should Johnson come up lame and the Yankees bow out, the balance tilts towards the Mets winning since neither the Twins nor the Tigers have the lefty pitching depth the Yankees do.)
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
Yankees/Tigers - I remember something I told a friend of mine at the beginning of the season. 'Detroit's looking fantastic, but I think that'll peter out by the end of the season'. Besides, the day Detroit gets a triple crown (I am confident in their basketball and hockey clubs) is the day hell freezes. Besides, I'm a Yankees fan. Yanks in 4.
Padres/Cardinals - Anybody could call this Padres/Pujols and they'd be a hundred percent accurate. Padres in 5, only because Albert carries 2 good games.
Mets/Dodgers - This is too close for me to call. Pedro's been out a fair amount this season, so I don't see him as a factor. I honestly can not assess a pick.
Hold nothing sacred and you'll never be dissapointed. Especially not this statement.
Pending physicals, the Yankees just acquired Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady (sportsillustrated.cnn.com) from Pittsburgh for Russ Ohlendorf (who they got from Arizona in the Randy Johnson trade), Jose Tabata, and two others from the low minors.