• Texas Rangers Missed Sweeping New York Yankees In 2010 ALCS By 15 Pitches

    Posted by on October 20th, 2010 · Comments (7)

    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

    Rk Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt
    1 2007-10-08 ALDS 4 CLE NYY W 6-4
    2 2004-10-20 ALCS 7 BOS NYY W 10-3
    3 2003-10-25 WS 6 FLA NYY W 2-0
    4 1981-10-28 WS 6 LAD NYY W 9-2
    5 1980-10-10 ALCS 3 KCR NYY W 4-2
    6 1976-10-21 WS 4 CIN NYY W 7-2
    7 1957-10-10 WS 7 MLN NYY W 5-0
    8 1955-10-04 WS 7 BRO NYY W 2-0
    9 1942-10-05 WS 5 STL NYY W 4-2
    10 1926-10-10 WS 7 STL NYY W 3-2
    11 1921-10-13 WS 8 NYG NYY W 1-0
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 10/19/2010.

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    Comments on Texas Rangers Missed Sweeping New York Yankees In 2010 ALCS By 15 Pitches

    1. Jim TreshFan
      October 20th, 2010 | 12:24 am

      You know, for a team that was never going to recover from such a devastating loss in Game 1 the Rangers sure look like their trying. They’ve now outscored the Yankees 25 to 5 over the last 3 games. And today the Bombers put it all together: A lousy starting performance, a horrendous bullpen blow-up, and a totally lackluster offense (2 for 13 with RISP). No wonder their fans are quitting on them.

    2. October 20th, 2010 | 12:37 am

      I wonder if the Yankees are going to show up and play hard tomorrow, like you should in a do or die game? Or, will they just go through the motions and allow the Rangers to romp right over them? They sort of looked shell-shocked on the bench late in this game.

    3. October 20th, 2010 | 12:38 am

      Ugh, I mean play hard later today. Stupid late running games…

    4. JeremyM
      October 20th, 2010 | 12:38 am

      The most troubling aspect to me has been the hitting. Teix was totally lost and it led to his injury, and Swisher, geez.

    5. EHawk
      October 20th, 2010 | 1:28 am

      Well as crazy as it sounds I still have faith the Yanks can come back. You have to like our chances tomorrow with CC on the mound on normal rest at home where he has been great all year. So assuming we get Game 5 the big game is game 6…how will Hughes respond and at that point the pressure is on Colby Lewis to avoid a game 7. Yeah I know they have Lee to fall back on but if the Yanks can somehow get to that Game 7 Rangers will be reeling and talks of a collapse will be there…maybe they blow it and I trust Andy in that Spot to keep in close. Hey Rangers won 3 in a row what is there to say Yanks won’t…Hurts not having Tex though.

      I also feel its been this way all year…Yanks have for whatever reason gone on these streaks where they just don’t hit at all for a few games in a row. We are seeing this now at the worst time…Lets hope they break out in Game 5!

    6. Evan3457
      October 20th, 2010 | 2:45 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I wonder if the Yankees are going to show up and play hard tomorrow, like you should in a do or die game? Or, will they just go through the motions and allow the Rangers to romp right over them? They sort of looked shell-shocked on the bench late in this game.

      Snowball effect.

      It’s been rolling downhill for 3 games now, gathering momentum.

      I said that game 4 was a must-win, and I won’t back off that. Yanks chances of rallying in this series now roughly…1 in 100, perhaps less.

      As for playing hard tomorrow, I think that depends on what CC can muster. Another game like Game 1, and they’ll quit early.

    7. redbug
      October 20th, 2010 | 5:57 am

      It’s hard to tell between quitting and having no ability when to hit w/ RISP (as they’ve exhibited the whole series except for game 1). With the exception of Cano and jeter (to some extent), no one has hit a lick.

      Assuming Texas wins, Steve’s right – they’ve earned it.

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