Tonight the ALCS finally gets underway with the New York Yankees at the Ballpark in Arlington to face the Texas Rangers.
Bodog has the Yankees at -143 favorites on moneyline for Game 1 which is understandable considering the Yankees are putting their ace C.C Sabathia on the bump. The Rangers will counter with lefty C.J Wilson who looked outstanding in his last start against the Rays.
As impressive as the Rangers and their lefties C.J Wilson and Cliff Lee were against the Rays, I don’t see the Yankees being shut down in the same fashion by C.J Watson. For one thing, the Yankees have that lethal mix of power switch hitters which minimizes the effectiveness of a lefty like Wilson. For the Yankee sluggers that don’t switch over like Granderson and Cano, it doesn’t seem to matter either. Granderson has hit lefties very ever since he made some adjustments to his swing with the Yankee hitting coach. Since August 11, Granderson is batting .267 against lefties and as for Cano, it doesn’t matter what arm you throw with, he hits anyone.
The only question for the Yankees is will their pitching staff continue to be solid? Pettitte looked sharp, as did Hughes, but with A.J Burnett now in the mix, he’s been a liability all season. The key to success for the Rangers will be to put runs on the board early in the ball game because the Yankee bullpen and the best closer ever, Rivera, are lights out. The Rangers will also need strong pitching from their bullpen, a majority of the Yankees wins all season long are come from behind wins in the later innings.
The Rangers are a great story, but I think the slipper falls off against the Yankees both tonight and the rest of the series. I’m going to take the Yankees in 6 games.
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