Game of the Night

Game 5

Texas Rangers VS New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium on Sportsnet, 4:07 PM ET,

Rangers lead series 3-1

Texas: LP C.J. Wilson (1-0, 2.03 ERA)

New York: LP C.C. Sabathia (1-0, 7.20 ERA)

Reason to watch: The Rangers have a chance to eliminate the Yankees in “the Battle of the Abbreviated Names” when C.J. Wilson takes on C.C. Sabathia today. This would be a huge upset for the Ranger franchise that remains a perfect 5-0 on the road this post season.

New York will be without all star first baseman Mark Teixeria for the remainder of the post-season. Teixeria was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring, this type of injury typically requires 6-8 weeks recovery time. Lance Berkman is starting at first base this afternoon, Berkman who came over mid season from the Astros, is hitting just .171 with one home run in 82 at bats against left-handed pitched this season.

C.C. Sabathia allowed five runs in four innings in game one. In 93 pitches, C.C. walked four batters, a wild pitch and a balk. After dominating the post season last year when he had questions to answer about his huge contract, Sabathia in two starts, has allowed 11 hits in 10 innings, two home runs with a 8/7 K/B ratio.  “The Boss” definitely would have given C.C. something to light a fire under in ass.

Alex Rodriguez needs to realize that people in New York don’t care that he won his ring, to them it’s all about how many you got. Rodriguez was 0 for 2 with a base on ball and a run last night, and is batting .133 with 2 RBIs in the ALCS. Who know’s how he’s going to react without Teixeria hitting behind him.

Rangers C.J. Wilson spent his last four season working out of the Rangers bullpen, in 2008 Wilson was Texas’s full time closer, a year he saved 24 games. The 29 year old has a career 52 saves. Wilson started 33 games for the Rangers his season, in 204 innings he was 15-8 with a 3.35 ERA, with three complete games.

Wilson has continued his stellar play into the post season, in two starts, he’s 1-0 allowing three earned runs with a 11/4 K/B ratio. The lefty threw seven solid innings in game one before the combination of Darren O’Day, Darren Oliver and Clay Rapada blew the game for Texas.

Rangers centre fielder Josh Hamilton it a 1st inning home run against Sabathia in game one.

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