Yeah, the Yankees have had problems with the Angels and West Coast swings in general. As a fan, I always breathe a sigh of relief when the 3 out of 5 round is over. You go out to the Coast in that round and anything can happen. 4 out of 7 it's much more likely the better team wins.
Interesting to ponder the knock-on effect of the pickups the Yankees made in the offseason, and here I'm thinking only about pitchers. All three of the guys who started in the first round were offseason additions (Pettite a slightly different story than the other two, in that he re-signed, but still).
But the real interesting effect is on the bullpen. Because the Yankees have the luxury of signing the Sabathias and Burnetts of this world, they can keep Phil Hughes in the bullpen and roll him out in the eighth inning, game over. And now they can keep Joba in the bullpen too. Very few other teams in baseball could afford to keep two great arms like that in the bullpen, not even as closers!
Thinking about the Angels: anyone still want to do Ervin Santana and Chone Figgins for A-Rod? Didn't think so.