The 2010 American League Championship Series schedule is out, and the New York Yankees are in it. 2010 ALCS scheduled games begin on Friday, October 15, and the Yankees are going to have to go on the road for yet another series in the 2010 MLB Playoffs. Because the Yankees are the American League Wild Card team, they will not have home field advantage at all during the playoffs, but it hasn’t seemed to slow them down to this point. The National League won the 2010 All Star game as well, so it means the National League champion will host the first two World Series games as well.
The Yankees just clinched their American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night, and they were able to do it in front of the home crowd. The three game sweep pushing the streak of consecutive playoff games where the Yankees have beaten the Twins to nine, and it seems like just another year where Minnesota was unable to get past New York. This one-sided match-up has got to have Twins fans frustrated, because not only is New York winning in the postseason, but they are running away with the season series time and time again as well. Now the Twins will dread playing the Yankees in the 2011 season.
For the New York Yankees, they are again only one step from making it back to the World Series, and potentially raising yet another banner at their stadium. They are still the defending World Series champions, and as such should be considered the team to beat unless someone comes along and knocks them off. Many baseball fans are already looking past the American League towards another New York vs. Philadelphia World Series, where Roy Halladay would then get his first shot at a ring against the team that had held down his Toronto Blue Jays for years over in the American League East.
Now the Yankees get about a week off as they wait for the other American League Division Series to come to an end. They will play either the Tampa Bay Rays or the Texas Rangers, which head into game 4 of their series on Sunday, with Game 5 scheduled for Tuesday should it be necessary. Right now the Rangers lead the series two games to one, but these teams are so balanced that anyone could advance out of that side to the American League bracket. Either way, Game 1 of the 2010 American League Championship Series is on Friday, October 15, with Game 2 following on Saturday.