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Rangers Take stranglehold in Series

Posted By George Kouvalis On Oct 20 2010 @ 12:57 pm In Texas Rangers | 3 Comments

Most people, including myself, would have had this series being 3-1 the other way if you had asked us before the series had started who would be winning.  The Texas Rangers used their bats and solid starting pitching, again, to hammer the Yankees 10-3 in game 4 of the ALCS in the Bronx.  For the first time since game 1, the Yankees finally had a lead in a game and more importantly did not allow the Rangers a run in the first inning for the first time all series.  It all meant nothing in the in end though.

It seems as if Joe Girardi lost this game when he left his starter, A.J. Burnett, in for a few pitches too long.  The result was a 3 run bomb by Molina in the 6th inning and any momentum the Yankees had over the outfield fence with it.  Burnett was ok up to that point.  He held the Yanks in the game, but he should have been pulled earlier.

I won’t look back at that Lance Berkman missed home run as much more than what it is.  A small missed opportunity.  I believe the Umpires got the call right with the replay and shouldn’t have a bearing on this outcome.  It all boils down to the fact that Yankees have been outplayed, out hit and out pitched this entire series by a Rangers team that seems to be fearless, especially on the road.  Take away that bad inning by Texas in game 1 and this series should be over.  The Rangers bullpen also needs alot of credit so far in this series for rebounding after that game 1 debacle and been effective in calming the Yankees bats late through games 2-4. Derek Holland may have earned himself a spot in the starting rotation if need be with those outings the past few games.  Holland has been effective pitching 5 2/3 scoreless innings of baseball in the ALCS, more so he has helped calm down this bullpen with those appearances.

This series is not over by a long shot but the Yankees could have been dealt a very serious blow as Mark Teixeira went down late in Game 4 with an apparent hamstring injury.  Sources all say he is done for the post season.  Take away a bat like Teixeira from what seems to be an already depleted Yankees team and it could be end the the Bronx Bombers before the World Series this year.  Teixeira was 0/14 in the series so the law of averages would tell you that a guy with that talent was ready to break out in Game 5.

Look for C.C. Sabathia to get the Yankees back in the win column in this series tonight and send it back to Texas for Game 6.  Anything less and we will wonder just how many people will actually be left in Yankee Stadium by the top of the 9th inning tonight?

SERIES NOTES:

- Mark Teixeira was 0-14 in the ALCS up until his injury

- The Texas Rangers now a perfect 5-0 on the road this post season

- Texas has outscored the Yankees 18-3 in the two games in the Bronx, including 14-0 after the 6th inning

GAME 5 PREVIEW

Game Info: ALCS Game 5 at Yankee Stadium @ 4:00pm

Pitching Probables: TEX C.J. Wilson @ NYY C.C. Sabathia

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