October 23, 2010

IT'S A LOT OF MONEY TO SPEND FOR ONE FAT GUY:

Rangers Overpower Yankees to Gain Series Berth (BEN SHPIGEL, 10/23/10, NY Times)

The Yankees lavished $243.5 million on starting pitching two winters ago, and the splurge returned them to glory. It restored that fall ritual in New York, the championship parade, but it might have had an expiration date. The rotation started to splinter in the second half this year, and it toppled an overmatched playoff opponent in the first round, but it was no match for the Texas Rangers, who outpitched, outhit and outplayed the Yankees all the way to the World Series.

There will be a new champion after the Yankees lost, 6-1, in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night, their season expiring when Neftali Feliz froze Alex Rodriguez on a wicked curveball. A frothy, pompom-waving crowd of 51,404 attended the clincher at Rangers Ballpark, but thousands more will say they were there to see Colby Lewis, pitching in Japan a year ago, work eight dazzling innings to send the Rangers to their first World Series in the franchise’s 39 years in Texas. Next up is a date with Philadelphia or San Francisco in the World Series, which begins Wednesday at the home park of the National League champion. Cliff Lee, a Phillie last year and now the Rangers’ ace, is a lock to pitch Game 1 for a second straight year.

“This is going to hurt,” said Rodriguez, one of the last Yankees players to leave, more than an hour after the game ended. “And it’s going to hurt for a while. And it should.”


If CC wasn't going to win them games 1, 4 and 7 they had no shot. And how long can his knees carry him at an elite level?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 23, 2010 7:29 AM
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