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Rangers set ALCS rotation

Posted on: October 13, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:05 am
Rangers manager Ron Washington officially confirmed that his ALCS rotation will be what we projected last night, with C.J. Wilson getting the nod for Game 1.

So that's Wilson vs. CC Sabathia in the first game, followed by Colby Lewis vs. Phil Hughes, Cliff Lee vs. Andy Pettitte and Tommy Hunter vs. A.J. Burnett.

Washington also said the Rangers will add a reliever for the series, dropping reserve infielder Esteban German from the roster. Left-handers Michael Kirkman, Clay Rapada and Matt Harrison and right-handers Mark Lowe and Scott Feldman are the candidates to be added.

UPDATE: The Yankees have switched it up and will throw Hughes second and Pettitte third. The above text has been changed to reflect that and is correct.

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Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:03 am

Rangers set ALCS rotation

Rangers 0-3 at home in the playoffs now.

Robi know BOOM!!

1-0 suckas!

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 10:07 pm

Rangers set ALCS rotation

Hmmm...I tend to remember Clif Lee being on a certain team last year that played the Yanks in the playoffs that ended up losing as well.   Let's break down the numbers, science...not speculation:

The Rangers vs Yanks pitching:

In 160 Abs the Rangers are hitting .188 vs CC with 8 walks and 38Ks
In 38 Abs the Rangers are hitting .079 vs Phil Hughes with 2 walks and 8Ks
In 155 Abs the Rangers are hitting .310 vs Andy Pettitte with 18 walks and 29Ks
In 208 Abs the Rangers are hitting .207 vs AJ Burnett with 21 walks and 50Ks

In 123 Abs the Yanks are hitting .248 vs CJ Wilson with 21 walks and 35Ks
In 18 Abs the Yanks are hitting .167 vs Colby Lewis with 3 walks and 5Ks
In 282 Abs the Yanks are hitting .280 vs Clif Lee with 19 walks and 50Ks
In 34 Abs the Yanks are hitting .364 with vs Tommy Hunger with 4 walks and 10ks

Now lets add this all up
The Yanks are hitting .272 vs Rangers pitching and the Rangers are hitting .221 vs Yanks pitching.

Talk all you want about Clif Lee, the Yanks starting rotation is better and they will show it during this series.

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:17 pm

Rangers set ALCS rotation

In response to your adoration of Sir Andy, I have to bring to mind the strength of the RANGERS batters versus his efforts in the most recent history. Seems as though Sir Andy's results favor a RANGERS WIN! 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2010 10:21 am

Rangers set ALCS rotation

Cliff Lee will win automatically...I'm hearing it over and over from the clearly over-confident group from Texas.

One problem...your offense will actually have to score a run off one of the best post-season pitchers ever (and a Texas product, I might add) in Andy Pettitte.  It's no small feat to beat Andy Pettitte in the post-season.

In fact, Andy has more post-season wins than anyone in the history of the MLB.

So, if you want to call it automatic...go ahead...count Andy Pettitte out as an automatic loss against Cliff Lee!

But you're a bunch of fools if you do!

Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2010 9:40 am

Rangers set ALCS rotation

I think the ALDS going five games ended up working in our favor.


Hey Stancher... I see a lot of dumb things written on message boards, but that comment is a prize winner.

Because of the Tampa series going five games, the Yankees now stand a good chance of beating Texas without having to face Lee twice... and you think that works in the Rangers' favor...?    LaughingLaughingLaughing

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2010 9:05 am

Rangers set ALCS rotation

No - probert. We are predicting that this Texas Rangers team isnt scared of that Yankees team. This Texas team just beat the team that won YOUR division. And I think the Texas batters are better than the Yankees.

I am excited about Cobra in game 2. He has been our best picher this year. I know the wins dont equate. But he has kept this team in almost every game he's played in. But his run support during the regular season was pathetic. After his game against Tampa, I really feel like he is going to come out with something to prove.

One thing I love... this team beat Rivera 2 times this year. And has done well against him for the past few years.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 8:21 am

Rangers set ALCS rotation

So you are thinking that the team with the fewest errors in the league and more playoff experience than God is going to fall apart at the seams in Game 2 and hand that one to the Rangers?

Good prediction.

Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2010 2:32 am

Rangers set ALCS rotation

Nobody can touch Cliff Lee's stuff right now, and I see a sound victory for the Texas Rangers in game 3. I am extremely concerned about the Texas Rangers dropping both of their home games to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rangers need to win atleast one of the 1st two games of this series. The Rangers have home field advantage, but how much of an advantage is it when they went 0-2 against the aforementioned Tampa Bay Rays?

However, the Texas Rangers played lights out ball on the read in their series against the about undefeated on the road for the Texas Rangers? The Rangers are doing some good stuff, some historic stuff for their franchise, but I don't know if its enough to beat the vaunted New York Yankees when it is all said and done.

I see Lee outdueling the immortal Petite in a nail-biter. Both teams will have a very good feel for each other by now, and its going to be a war of attrition. The Rangers put up some legendary efforts against a damn good Rays team in ALL THREE road games in Tampa , so how can anyone unjustly expect the Rangers to choke in New York? Game Three goes to the Texas Rangers, Rangers steal the series lead in NYC 2-1.

As for Game One : CC Sabathia is going to shutout the Ranger bats in their own house. This guy CC really knows how to turn it on when the Yankees need it and if you need any proof look no further than the Yankees run last season. This game might get ugly late. Yankees win, up 1-0.   FYI: I would not be surprised if CC chokes, but I don't realistically see that happening.

As for Game Two : Here is something very intriguing to me, matchup wise on the mound for both teams. Colby Lewis vs Phil Hughes...that's gonna be good. This is the game that the Rangers will take. Personally, I predict a questionable call and a costly error on the part of the Yankees leading to their loss, otherwise they would have won this game as well. In other words, some official error on the part of the Yankee fielders is going to cost them the run that will beat them. I think the Rangers will be put into this situation because of a questionable call rolling in their favor. Rangers win, series tied 1-1.

I have to see if how the lineup is really going to be after game 3, because I see adjustments being made by both teams here by way of changing starters at the last minute. But those are my brief thoughts about Games 1,2, and 3.

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:57 am

Rangers set ALCS rotation

No, he's hedging bets. Lee can't pitch in the first game... and if he can't pitch in the first game then he's better used in the first game in New York. CJ can pitch... and he can beat CC in Texas. After that it's our third best pitcher against the Yankees' third best (ours worked hard for two years to rejuvenate his career and theirs is young and could drop 6 runs in an inning in Texas.
Game 3 is an automatic win for us. Gamer four is our fourth-best pitcher against Burnett. Hunter is much more effective at home. I don't trust his Greg Maddux-style game in Yankee Stadium... HOWEVER... he's going up against the very, very, very troubled Burnett.
I think the ALDS going five games ended up working in our favor. Putting Lee up against Sabathia is a crap shoot. They're both awesome. But, putting CJ up against Sabathia works. If we beat Sabathia at home without using Lee then we're effectively 1.5 games up by the time we get to New York.
As for Colby vs. Hughes... that could go either way. The edge is on Colby but if the Yankees offense does some damage then Hughes might pull it out.
Make no mistake though... if you examine these matchups one by one... it's not out of the question that we go into Lee's game 3 start with a 2-0 lead.
Yankee fans are very foolish to write us off. It's not as if we're from Kansas City or Phoenix... we're right across the street from where the Cowboys play. It's not as if this is all a 100% fluke ya know.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 12:05 am

Rangers set ALCS rotation

Ron Washington looks like a character from Sanford & Son....  That is all.

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