2010 ALCS - Rangers vs. Yankees: Game 4 Preview
In Monday night's Game 3 they waltzed into fabled Yankee Stadium and laid an 8-0 whupping on the Bronx Bombers.
The Rangers have dominated the series, out-scoring New York 20-8 with five of the Yankees' runs coming in that epic bullpen meltdown in the 8th inning of Game 1 in Arlington.
Needing only two wins to reach the World Series, the Rangers still have starts coming by C.J. Wilson and Cliff Lee.
But tonight's Game 4 starter - Tommy Hunter - is perhaps a little over-confident? I know Rangers' manager Ron Washington told his players to avoid Yankee Stadium's Monument Park - mystique leads to mistakes, remember? - but Hunter yesterday insulted the joint and its rabid inhabitants.
"I had Mom screaming at me when I was 12," Hunter said. "That's probably more intimidating than people I don't know."
The bad news: Hunter couldn't get to the 5th inning of his only playoff start, a Game 4 playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The good news: Tonight he'll face off against A.J. Burnett.
Burnett, who was left off New York's ALDS roster, has not pitched since October 2 and did not win any of his last six starts. The Rangers produced four hits, three walks and two runs off him in a September 11 win over New York at Rangers Ballpark. And during the ALDS Burnett pitched a simulated game in an attempt to stay sharp, and plunked consecutive Yankees' batters.
After Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte locked left arms in a dazzling, dramatic pitcher's duel in Game 3, something tells me there'll be more than a combined eight runs scored tonight.
In Tommy We Trust?