yankees suck2 thumb 250x201 2010 ALCS: Yankees v. Rangers Position by Position Breakdown

Gleefully, I was wrong about Rays in 5. In accordance, take this synopsis with a pinch of salt, a hint of lime, a chug of a six pack, then wake up Friday night and watch for yourselves.

ALCS rosters won’t be set until Friday at 10 a.m. so there could be some tweaks to the Rangers- Yankees before pitch 1 of Game 1 tomorrow at 7:07 in Rangers Ballpark.

Nonetheless, let’s fearlessly crunch some numbers, sprinkle in some intangibles and spit out a prediction:

STARTING PITCHER – Cliff Lee beat the Yankees twice in last year’s World Series and dominated the ALDS, but he won’t start until Game 3 and maybe Game 7. C.J. Wilson vs. C.C. Sabathia is Game 1 is the key to the series. Texas’ Colby Lewis was shaky in the ALDS despite not allowing an earned run and Tommy Hunter couldn’t get to the 5th inning. Andy Pettite is polish playoff pitcher for NY and Phil Hughes had a quality start in the ALDS. This could, of course, be a prelude to a battle for Lee’s services in 2011 and beyond. Edge: Rangers.

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