Bring on the Rangers

The Rangers beat the Rays 5-1 on Tuesday evening to earn the right to play the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. That series really couldn’t have gone any better for the Yanks, as Cliff Lee threw a complete game and will not be available until Game 3.

The Yanks split the season series with the Rangers 4-4, with the Yanks scoring 39 runs and allowing 33. For those of you scoring at home, I’m predicting the Yanks in five games.

In case you haven’t heard, the Yanks will go with a four-man rotation in the ALCS and AJ Burnett will be the team’s fourth starter. Burnett didn’t sniff the field in the ALDS but I’m first in line to hop back on the AJ bandwagon, I think he turns in a lights-out performance in whatever game he pitches. I’ve got faith in you buddy, don’t let me down.

The only thing set in stone regarding the rotation is that CC will get the nod in Game 1. Andy and Phil will of course be the second and third starters, but it hasn’t been decided yet who will go in Games 2 and 3. Many of the beatwriters are predicting CC-Philthy-Pettitte-AJ-CC-Philthy-Pettitte against CJ Wilson-Colby Lewis-Lee-Tommy Hunter-Wilson-Lewis-Lee.

Larry Koestler over at Yankeeist has broken down the team numbers. It’s a fantastic read if you get the chance.

Also, Damaso Marte — who last pitched on July 7 — will most likely need surgery on his left shoulder and is obviously out for the rest of the postseason. It’s a shame because he was lights out in the 2009 postseason.

Game 1 is set for Friday night at 8:05 in Texas.

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