At first glance, yesterday’s 7-2 loss in game 5 is worrisome for several reasons. The Rangers only scored two runs. Their pitching looked shaky. Nelson Cruz’s hamstring issue came back into play (yikes)…
But when you think about it, this loss shouldn’t bother you too much…
1. 13 hits. While the Rangers could only muster two runs, they hit the ball well all game. C.C. Sabathia was exponentially better than he was in game 1, but he still got knocked around quite a bit.
2. The Rangers took 2 of three in New York. Before this series started, no one really expected our boys to go into NYC and win, especially the way they did. They outscored the Yankees 18-3 in those wins and their pitching was far superior.
3. Maybe the Rangers just wanted to clinch at home. Maybe, as a thank you to their fans for waiting 40 years to get here, they decided it would be best to lock up their first pennant in Arlington.
And for that I say thank you, Rangers.
The matchup is Colby Lewis vs. Phil Hughes on the mound, and I expect a similar outcome to game 2.
If I can get a signal in the ballpark, I’ll be updating with photos from my seat in the upper deck tomorrow night, as the Rangers seal their first World Series appearance in franchise history.