Anyone else really excited for this afternoon? I sure am. Watching three other games yesterday was fairly torturous. And as a side note, to everyone praising Josh Beckett, we Yankee fans can attest to the fact that Beckett’s done that before on a bigger stage. It’s not a surprise, and great baseball is a pleasure to watch no matter who’s playing.

But enough about Them up in Boston. Let’s get on to the preview. Yesterday, I looked pessimistically at why the Yankees won’t beat the Indians. Today, we get the opposite: Why the Yankees will beat the Indians. The preview and my series prediction after the jump.

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HWB Honolulu (2-1 win over North Shore)
Austin Jackson: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – 4 games in, and he’s still looking for that ellusive first hit

No other Yankee prospects played. Dan Bard has already issued 3 walks in under 2 IP, this after walking 78 in 75 IP during the regular season.

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  • These announcers suck

    “And there’s a shot of the mercurial Carlos Zambrano. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds smart.”

    That just came out of the mouth of the no-talent assclown that’s in the TBS studio with Frank Thomas and Cal Ripken (who looks embarrassed beyond belief to be there, btw). Please, oh please tell me I don’t have another round-and-a-half of this ahead of me. · (14) ·

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Time for the unveiling of the post-season roster.

As you may have guessed, Ron Villone is not on the roster. The gods are rejoicing. The Yanks, however, are going with no lefties in the pen. Filling the last spots are Jose Veras and, more impressively, Ross Ohlendorf. Torre really liked what he saw from Ohlendorf down the stretch. I did too. I see big things for this kid next year.

Meanwhile, as we noted yesterday, Bronson Sardinha is on the roster, but Chris Britton, contrary to what The Post reported, is not.

Here’s your Game 1 roster and line up courtesy of Peter Abraham. All of you Melky lovers will be happy to see he’s playing. Shelley Duncan, however, is on the bench and not in the lineup against a tough left. I wish Torre had gone with Duncan:

Johnny Damon LF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B – MVP! MVP!
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Doug Mientkiewicz 1B

Chien-Ming Wang P

The Bench
Wilson Betemit
Jason GiambiMost expensive bench player ever.
Shelley Duncan – He’s gotta come up big at some point this October, right?
Jose Molina – .318/.333/.439 in 71 Bronx PAs. Remember Wil Nieves?
Bronson Sardinha

Starting Pitchers
Andy PettitteOnly lefty on the ALDS roster
Roger Clemens
Mike Mussina
Phil HughesShould be starting game 4. No word on that yet.

Mariano Rivera
Joba Chamberlain
Luis Vizcaino
Kyle Farnsworth
Ross Ohlendorf
Jose Veras

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Today really sucks. Everywhere else, the playoffs begin. The Red Sox face the Angels; the Rockies and Phillies square off; and the Diamondbacks and Cubs begin their battle. But the Yankees – the only playoff team in 2006 to make it in 2007 – have to wait another 24 hours before they begin a thrilling set against the Indians.

I’m going to do a two-part playoff preview post. The first post – today’s installment – focuses around why the Yankees won’t beat the Indians. The next part – tomorrow’s bit – will discuss why the Yankees will beat the Indians. I can make compelling cases for both, and that, folks, is what makes October grand.

So powered by a pretentious sentence right here, on to the predictions:

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HWB Honolulu (3-1 loss to North Shore)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB – great to see him playing everday
Anthony Claggett: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 E (throwing) – allowed an inherited runner to score, so he gets stuck with the blown save

No other Yankee farmhands played.

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