The Texas Rangers probably should be up two games to none in the ALCS going to New York but the let that opportunity slip away in Game 1. Having said that, the Rangers should be happy going back with a split, seeing the Yankees two best starters while not having Cliff Lee pitch yet now makes it a best of five affair.
Game 2 of the series saw a very similar script to game one, except the major detail of not having the Rangers bullpen fall apart late in the game. I give Ron Washington and his team all the credit in the world for being able to stay in the game mentally. Washington’s quote post game “We just play baseball” shows just how the Texas Rangers approach to this season and playoffs has been. The Rangers showed alot of mental toughness sustaining that big lead in game 2 and will lead to them playing with a bit more confidence in the Bronx.
- Cliff Lee was 2-0 vs the Yankees last year in the World Series, Lee seems to embrace pitching against the Yankees in the playoffs so it will be interesting to see him go one on with Andy Pettitte, who is the all time leader in MLB playoff wins with 19.
- It was also announced on Sunday that the Yankees will still go with A.J. Burnett as their game 4 starter. Manager Joe Girardi said that “we believe in A.J.” after being asked whether or not he would take him out of the rotation after the split in Arlington.
GAME 3 PREVIEW (series tied 1-1)
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY – 8:00pm
Probables: TEX Cliff Lee at NYY Andy Pettitte
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Written by George Kouvalis
A huge fan of sports who loves to travel for major events. I've seen my fair share of major games and events including three Olympics, Wimbledon, The Masters etc.... Always up for a road trip or a drink to talk over sports or pro wrestling, in any city I am in or online. Favorite Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto FC, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Bulls, San Francisco 49ers, Toronto Argonauts, Manchester United, and of course the teams I blog for, the Texas Rangers and Buffalo Sabres. Follow me on twitter at the handle georgekouvalis