Somewhere around 10 minutes after six tomorrow afternoon, the man already anointed the American League's Most Valuable Player will step into the box against a contender for the American League Cy Young and decide what kind of playoff series we're in for. Here's what we know so far, going into that at-bat: CC Sabathia saw the Twins once this season, on July 7 at the Metrodome. He threw seven innings, gave up three hits and one run, and earned a resounding 10-2 win. Joe Mauer went hitless in three at-bats that day with a strikeout. For his career, Mauer is hitting a paltry .217 (5-23) against Sabathia, with only one extra base hit and nine strikeouts. With those numbers, you start to put a picture together that's a reasonable microcosm of the way people are treating this playoff series. But ...
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Article written by Tom Schecter