The Yankees-Rangers score in the ALCS Game 1 looked to crush Texas. Yet the Yankees-Rangers score for Game 2 swung the series right back. The 7-2 Texas win gave the presumed underdogs what they wanted all along – although they could have had more. At the least, they wanted to split the opening games so that Cliff Lee could give them the series lead. In spite of all that happened on Friday, the ALCS has Texas in control for now, especially with yesterday’s score.
The script for the ALCS Game 2 was similar to Friday night’s Game 1, almost to the letter. Texas didn’t need a big blast from Josh Hamilton, however, as they used base stealing and smaller hits to get a 5-0 lead this time. Phil Hughes struggled just like C.C. Sabathia did, as the Yankees’ rotation is looking shaky again.
The Yankees-Rangers score wasn’t settled yet, however, as this may have been the most nail-biting 7-2 game in a long time. New York had two runners on in several innings, with all of Texas waiting for the other shoe to drop again. Yet this time, the Rangers’ bullpen bent, but did not break.
At long last, Texas enjoyed its first ever postseason win at home, and its first postseason win over New York in 10 games. Now they have what they always wanted – a chance to let Cliff Lee give them control of the ALCS.
Of course, although the Yankees-Rangers score in the ALCS is 1-1, it doesn’t reflect how the series has gone. If not for that eighth inning on Friday, Texas would be up 2-0, and would actually have a good chance to sweep New York.
However, with Lee going in Game 3, and with struggling A.J. Burnett leading the Yankees in Game 4, the Rangers have to feel confident again. As for New York, they need Burnett or Andy Pettitte to stop the bleeding in their starting rotation. If the Texas offense keeps slugging in Yankee Stadium, the ALCS could get out of reach before long.
Aside from one inning, everything has gone according to plan for Texas in this series. Yet the biggest part of that plan involves Lee staying dominant, and coming through in New York again. But considering how the scores have gone so far, unpredictability may still reign – which would bode well for the Yankees.
The postseason has been controlled by pitching in one way or another. The Yankees haven’t proven that they have it in the ALCS, while the Rangers still have their ace waiting. Unless New York steals momentum in Game 3, they could be playing catch-up for the rest of this series.
The Yankees-Rangers score is even in the ALCS, although that’s the only area where things are even. But that tie will be broken tomorrow night, with Lee looking to impose order on the series.
NJ.com- “Rangers take the advantage over the Yankees with Cliff Lee looming”