After winning the final two games against the Tigers, the Texas Rangers go to New York to face the AL East-leading New York Yankees without ace C.C Sabathia. The Yankees are only one half game behind the Rangers for the best record in the American League and this very well could be an ALCS preview.
In a four game series, both teams have winnable games. I think a split is a likely outcome but I do give the Rangers a slight edge as long as the offense continues to come out to play.
This is a good time for the Rangers to make a statement that they are the team to beat in the AL.
Series at a Glance
Texas Record: 67-46 (1st AL West)
New York Record: 67-47 (1st AL East)
Season Series: 2-1 Texas
Record at New York: 0-0
Notable Transaction: February 16, 2004: The Texas Rangers traded Alex Rodriguez and cash to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later and Alfonso Soriano. The New York Yankees sent Joaquin Arias (April 23, 2004) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.
Projected Yankees Lineup
1 SS Derek Jeter
2 RF Nick Swisher (B)
3 2B Robinson Cano (L)
4 1B Mark Teixeira (B)
5 3B Eric Chavez (L) vs RHP
6 CF Curtis Granderson (L)
7 DH Raul Ibanez (L) vs RHP
8 LF Ichiro Suzuki (L)
9 C Russell Martin
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