Texas Holds Lead, Ties ALCS At 1

The Rangers again jumped all over a Yankees pitcher, but the offense couldn’t pick him up like they did in the first game. The final score was 7-2 as the Yankees and Rangers split the first two games of the ALCS. The series now heads back to the Bronx on Monday night.

Here are some highlights:

  • Phil Hughes only lasted 4 innings and allowed all 7 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks.
  • The Yankees bullpen held the Rangers scoreless the final 4 innings.
  • Robinson Cano is red hot. He hit a bomb to right field and also doubled.
  • Other than that the offense was very quiet. Nobody aside from Cano had a multi-hit game. They did manage 7 walks, but left 12 men on base.

Here is one thing I like, Andy Pettitte is on the mound tomorrow against Cliff Lee. I feel like, if anybody on the Yankees staff can beat Lee right now, it’s Pettitte.

Here’s one thing I don’t like, it’s pretty much a five game series right now and Texas has Lee starting game one. One bright side to this thinking is, the Yankees have home field advantage. <–This is the same exact scenario the Yankees would have been in had they won the division except their rotation isn’t lined up.

For the skeptical out there, this series is not over. No matter what you say, it is not over.

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Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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10 Responses to Texas Holds Lead, Ties ALCS At 1

  1. Will says:

    Wondering if it makes better sense to pitch AJ against Lee. Yanks have done nothing against Texas starters so far and Lee is better than the two they faced. Would hate to see Andy pitch a gem and lose 2-1 or the like. Have a better shot to win game 4 and 5 with Andy and then CC. Would rather run Hughes out there for a game 6 with a 3-2 lead and then have all hands on deck for Game 7.

    • That's a loser mentality. The Yankees can beat Lee and Pettitte represents their best shot to do it. If you want the Yankees to lose a game on purpose, you should just go root for the Mets.

      • Jason from The Heart says:

        Seriously, Rob. Lee is certainly excellent, but treating him, or AJ's outing in Game 4, as a sure loss for the Yankees ignores an awful lot of history. Why didn't the Yankees just pack it in against Don Newcombe, Sal Maglie, Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, Kevin Brown in '98, Pedro, Schilling, Lee last year (against whom they scored runs in Game 5 of the World Series), et cetera? Too many Yankees fans need to stop surrendering games before they've been played. Remember Game 5 of the '96 WS? The only run Smoltz surrendered stemmed from a Grisson error. We simply don't know what will transpire.

        Let's allow them to play the games out, shall we?

  2. Mike S. says:

    Passing along this news, courtesy of myself and the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club:

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  3. Will says:

    Gives Yanks best shot at winning the series which is NOT a loser mentality. Take ego out of it and see where your decision lies. And saying 'go root for the Mets' is a cop out of decent dicussion that I thought you were above… I do agree that Andy does give Yanks the best shot at beating Lee but like I said, tough to roll the dice on wasting his effort.

    • Marc Perez says:

      Giving away game 3 would be a huge momentum swing that should not be risked. Matching Petitte, arguably one of the best playoff pitchers of all time, against Cliff Lee is the right move. I'm excited to see a pitching duel tomorrow night.

  4. Starting Burnett against Lee is the closest thing I can imagine to just giving away a game. I think it's a really bad idea to be giving precious games away. I think Pettitte matches up very well against Lee and gives you a great chance tow in. Burnett is also capable of winning, but why stack him up against their best pitcher? He's already going to have a hard enough time winning. The way the rotation is lined up, the Yankees are very capable of taking the next two games. If you swap Pettitte and Burnett, they would almost be giving a game away. I don't see how that gives them a better shot at winning the series…

    • Matt C. says:

      I agree, Rob. Conceding a 2-1 defecit is crazy. Of course, as they say AJ is capable of beating anybody with that "electric" stuff (please, McCarver, stop saying that) but you have to go with your best. Work counts deep and get into that bullpen.

  5. seasoned observer says:

    Great start by Andy wasted. Lee was good but the hitters helped him out. Three balls put in play to the opposite field all night. Trying to pull Lee is a recipe for disaster. 3 runs in 26 innings. No productive at bats with runners on. No hits with RISP. Things look bleak for the Mudville nine.

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