My Top 10 Observer-ations
10. The better team didn’t win Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, but the more desperate team did. The Rangers are on a magical, unprecedented playoff roll, but asking them to be good enough – to be mature enough – to sweep the 95-win defending champions in New York was unrealistic. Those of us who picked Rangers in 7 remain undaunted.
9. Troubling news for Texas with Nelson Cruz leaving the game with a tight hamstring. He’s been on the disabled list three times this year with similar problems. The Rangers need his legs, arm and bat to win this series, and the next one. Remember, his hustling tag-up on a long fly to center in Game 4 forced the Yankees to walk David Murphy and pitch to Bengie Molina, who then hit this series’ most important homer. Cruz, by the way, says he’ll play in Friday’s Game 6.
8. What is Sabathia’s favorite pizza? CiCi’s. Duh.
7. The Rangers had chances against Sabathia early – at one point they out-hit the Yankees 8-5 but trailed 5-1 – but Josh Hamilton’s liner with a runner on in the 3rd was right to Derek Jeter and later he cracked a hard grounder that turned into an inning-ending double play with two runners on.
Read the rest of Richie’s Observations on his Sportatorium blog at DallasObserver.com.