Game 1: Yankees (Mike Mussina, 13-8, 4.41 ERA) at Angels (Bartolo Colon, 21-8, 3.48), 8:19 tonight (FOX).

Game 2: Yankees (Shawn Chacon, 7-3, 2.85) at Angels (John Lackey, 14-5, 3.44), 10:09 p.m. tomorrow (ESPN).

Game 3: Angels (Jarrod Washburn, 8-8, 3.20) at Yankees (Randy Johnson, 17-8, 3.79), 8:19 p.m. Friday (FOX).

Game 4*: Angels at Yankees, Saturday, TBA.

Game 5*: Yankees at Angels, Sunday, TBA. All eyes will be on: Los Angeles's Vladimir Guerrero and New York's Alex Rodriguez -- last year's league MVP, and this year's leading candidate. Each has been at the top of his game down the stretch -- A-Rod has hit 20 homers since the start of August, and Guerrero hit .330 and slugged .625 in September -- and both have the ability to change the game single-handedly.

All eyes should be on: closers Francisco Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera. New York's Rivera is arguably the greatest postseason weapon of all time; Rodriguez might be the heir apparent to that claim. The 2002 ALDS, in which the Angels eliminated the Yankees in four games, was where Rodriguez, then a rookie, first thrust himself into the national consciousness, striking out eight in 52/3 dazzling innings. Both teams will have the same goal: get the ball to their respective closer with a lead.

Key stat: The postseason tends to favor the hottest teams going in, and these are arguably the two hottest teams in the game: Since Sept. 1, the Angels have the majors' best record at 21-9, while the Yankees are second at 20-10.

Fearless prediction: Yankees in five.

-- Dave Sheinin