Finally off the “teams that have never appeared in a World Series list” The Texas Rangers made it official on Friday night with another convincing 6-1 win over the New York Yankees to win the ALCS four games to two. The game turned towards the Rangers again in the middle innings with a four run 5th to chase Yankees starter Phil Hughes from the game. Colby Lewis threw a “Cliff Lee like” gem by going with the following line, 8IP, 3H, 1 ER, 3BB and 7K’s, a great performance to say the least. His last inning, the top of the 8th, showed Lewis’ dominance. Blowing strike three pitches by Jorge Posada, and Marcus Thames. Then buckling Derek Jeter with a breaking ball for strike three to end the inning and the Yankees.
Yankee Manager Joe Girardi summed up the ALCS with his post game media conference quote “They outhit us, they outpitched us, outplayed us and they beat us” It really sums it up. The Yankees looked the Yankees of old after their huge game one comeback but were never back in the series since that point. Cliff Lee only needed to start one game this series and Colby Lewis was lights out winning both of his starts over Phil Hughes. Josh Hamilton had a post season breakout series, being named ALCS MVP in the process. Elvis Andrus was the burst of energy needed and an ageless Vladdy Guerrero found some clutch hitting when it was needed the most in game six. Some other unsung heroes included Bengie Molina, who has been a thorn in the Yanks side for years, and the Rangers bullpen, who from aside a game one collapse got it all together for the next five games.
The Rangers have surprised most fans in baseball right now. Its a pleasant surprise to not see the Yankees, Red Sox or Rays from the American League, in a World Series. Texas is good for baseball. Fans that have grown accustom to seeing the same teams in the World Series can get bored with those teams (unless of course your a fan of the Red Sox and Yankees) I may take some heat for saying that but its the truth. A team with a payroll of $55 million making it to the World Series can give some other teams in baseball hope of being able to make the big dance without having to spend in the vicinity of $150-$206 million salary range.
So crack open the ginger ale bottles Rangers fans!, It’s time to finally celebrate an American League Pennant and your first World Series appearance.
SERIES NOTES AND STATS
Pitching wins – Colby Lewis 2
HOME RUNS: Josh Hamilton 4, Robinson Cano 4
TEAM ERA: Yankees 6.58 RANGERS 3.06
TEAM BATTING AVG: Yankees 2.01 RANGERS 3.04
Texas lost a road game for the first time in the post season, losing game 5 in New York
Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira were a combined 4/35 in the ALCS batting
About the Author
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