It’s official: for the first time since 1997 a team other than the New York Yankees will win the American League pennant, and for the first time since 1993 (or 1994, if you count that strike-terminated year) a team other than the Yankees or the Cleveland Indians will represent the AL in the World Series. I didn’t get to watch much of the Yankees’ divisional playoff against the Angels, but I wonder if their loss has something to do with the age of their pitching staff. These guys — Clemens, Pettite, El Duque and David Wells — are all getting up there in years, and with all of the Yankees’ postseason play the last seven years, they’ve piled up a lot of innings. Assuming the Yankees retain pretty much the same lineup next year, they might want to look into adding some youth into their starting rotation.
As for the Angels, they seem to be an exciting team to watch. I expect them to be a handful for either the Twins or A’s.