ALDS Game 1 previews: Rays at Astros, Twins at Yankees

The two American League Division Series begin Friday, when the favored Astros host the upstart Rays and the Twins travel to the Bronx to face the Yankees.

3 reasons why the Rays can beat the Astros in the ALDS

On the surface, the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays seems like a classic David versus Goliath battle. In one corner, you have the 107-win Astros, who boast six All-Stars, two bona fide Cy Young candidates, the prohibitive AL Rookie of the Year, and a $168 million payroll. In the other corner, you have the Rays, a $60 million bargain basement team who plays their home games in a cavernous half empty stadium. Despite the obvious discrepancy, we believe there are three reasons why Tampa Bay can pull off a stunning upset over the AL West champs.

ALDS preview: New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins

The New York Yankees will play the Minnesota Twins in the best-of-five American League Division Series that begins Friday. Here's how the two teams stack up.