With their win in Game 4 of the 2010 ALCS, the Texas Rangers now have a 3-1 lead in the series. And, if not for 15 consecutive pitches thrown in the top of the 8th inning of Game 1 of this ALCS – where Darren Oliver walked Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira (on 13 pitches) and both Darren O’Day and Clay Rapada allowed one-pitch singles (to Alex Rodriguez and Robbie Cano, respectively) – Texas would be celebrating their ticket to the 2010 World Series as I type this…
Hey, maybe the Yankees will win the final three games of this series and take advantage of this break? Nah…yeah…you’re right…that ain’t gonna happen…
Bottom line, with the exception of those 15 pitches, the Rangers have totally out-played the Yankees in the first four games of this ALCS. And, not only will they win the American League pennant this season, but, they’ve earned it. And, at this point, the best the Yankees can hope for is avoiding another loss on Wednesday to prevent a team from celebrating winning a post-season series at Yankee Stadium.
In Yankeeland, we’ve seen that happen – meaning having to watch a team whoop-it-up on our home turf – three times in the seven seasons before this one. (See below.) And, if we can avoid making it four times in the last 8 years, that’s fine by me.
Teams who have won last game of a Post-Season Series @ Yankee Stadium