Cliff Lee dominated the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 last night, just as he did last week in the series opener. By pitching a total of 16 innings, allowing only 11 base-runners and striking out 21 batters, it’s safe to say that Cliff Lee was a one-man wrecking crew for the Rangers (although 2B Ian Kinsler’s .444/.500/.944 with 3 HR pitched in his fair share as well).
So there you have it, folks. The Yankees and Rangers commence their best-of-seven American League Championship Series on Friday evening at the oddly named Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. A few details to whet your appetites:
2010 Regular Season:
Yankees: 95-67, 2nd in AL East (52-29 home, 43-38 road)
Rangers: 90-72, 1st in AL West (51-30 home, 39-42 road)
Yankees and Rangers split season series 4-4
Yankees 3-0 vs. Rangers at Yankee Stadium
Rangers 4-1 vs. Yankees at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Yankees@home vs. Rangers: 17 RS, 6 RA
Rangers@home vs. Yankees: 27 RS, 22 RA
Game 1 Starters:
CC Sabathia: 21-7, 3.18 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 7.46 K/9
CC Sabathia vs. Rangers (2010): 1 GS, 1-0, 6 IP, 1.50 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 9 K
CJ Wilson: 15-8, 3.35 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 7.50 K/9
CJ Wilson vs. Yankees (2010): 3 GS, 0-1, 14.1IP, 6.91 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 19 K
Most Yankee fans (myself included) were rooting for the Rangers under the notion that Tampa was a better team. Well, we’ve gotten what we wished for so let’s see if we were right to hope for Texas.