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Shifting the Series to the Bronx

Posted By George Kouvalis On Oct 18 2010 @ 1:38 am In Texas Rangers | 6 Comments

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.

Bronx Tales:

- 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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