Shark-Infested Waters: Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers ALCS Game 3 Preview and Open Thread

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Wow. What an amazing start to the American League Championship Series for Your Texas Rangers. Two close games. Two incredible wins.

Now Detroit has to win four of the next five games to get back to the World Series for the first time since they fell to St. Louis in 2006.

Ain't gonna happen. Heck, they just might find themselves swept by the defending AL champs before Justin Verlander has a second chance to pitch.

Although the series moves to Detroit -- where the Tigers were 50-31 this season -- Game 3 always seemed like a game Texas would find a way to win. And, after the first two games, I'm even more convinced.

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Colby Lewis
Originally, knowing Colby Lewis was on the bump gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. And why not? The guy has been a playoff hero, posting a 4-0 record and 1.67 ERA in five starts and surrendering no earned runs in the start he didn't get a decision.

Sure, he was lousy in two starts against Detroit this year with a sky-high 15.95 ERA. And, sure, Doug Fister turned into Greg Maddux after he was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Tigers at the trade deadline, with an 8-1 overall record and 1.79 ERA and 4-0 record at home with a 0.98 ERA.

But this isn't the regular season. And Fister looked more like Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux when he allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings against the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS.

As I mentioned in my series preview, you can't put a lot into stats this time of year. For example, Austin Jackson is 6-for-15 with a homer in his career against Lewis. Alex Avila is 3-for-9 with two home runs against him. But do you really fear either hitter, especially given their struggles in the series?

Aside from my faith in Cobra, this game seems primed for the Rangers to explode offensively. Michael Young is gonna hit. So is Hamilton. And both showed good signs of heating up in Game 2. Of course, the Boomstick is already scorching hot.

The Rangers smell blood in the water. And, more than any team in franchise history, this one is built like a shark. It could get ugly.

Two more wins. Just two more.

Quick Hits

-- As I speculated in yesterday's open thread after his third strikeout, Mitch Moreland has been benched. Young takes over at first, Mike Napoli to DH and Yorvit Torrealba to catcher. David Murphy has also been replaced by Endy Chavez.

-- Delmon Young is not in the lineup tonight.

-- As we noted in yesterday's live blog, Nelson Cruz hit the first walk-off grand slam in postseason history. What you might not have heard, though, is he became just the seventh player in baseball history to hit two postseason homers in the seventh inning or later, joining Josh Hamilton and some guy named Babe Ruth.

-- The Texas bullpen pitched 8 1/3 scoreless innings last night, tied for the second-most scoreless relief innings pitched by a team in a postseason game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Only the 1964 Cardinals had more, with 8 2/3 scoreless relief innings in Game 4 of the World Series against the Yankees.

First pitch is at 7:05. First pitcher? Now. To the comments we go.


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MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Well to quote our beloved governor - adios mofos

jibba jabba
jibba jabba

jagger started and perfected that particular art..

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

At least Joe will be tied up with "work" tomorrow. Sam, tomorrow, 2:30ish? Come on, we didn't sweet NY last year either.

primi timpano
primi timpano

And thank you Sam and Robert.  Sam, the intros are excellent.

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

Well, Joe Tone shows up and the Rangers lose. I think we know who needs to stay away for the rest of the playoffs.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

And that's it. 5-2.

I'm off to ball up in the fetal position and suck my thumb until tomorrow at 3:19. Thanks again to Robert and everyone who participated.

jibba jabba
jibba jabba

yeah, that's definitely down to you. christ, what a bore...

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

When did fatass Cabrera turn into Keith Hernandez?

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Obligatory Unfair Park whine alert - they have a Trader Joe's in Detroit???

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Robert, I give in. Move MY down to 10th.

primi timpano
primi timpano

He would have hit into a double play if given the chance.

McDoom
McDoom

Well, maybe they can make Papa Douche throw a bunch of pitches.

jibba jabba
jibba jabba

i raise a toast. all of a sudden, the headache's gone..

jibba jabba
jibba jabba

she don't remember, the queen of soul..

Jim
Jim

Time for Deadwood.

jibba jabba
jibba jabba

not tonight, bob, i've got a headache...

Gary
Gary

Prediction for tomorrow.  Rangers jump out to quick 5-1 lead after 3 innings, then Harrison allows 3 runs in the next two innings.  Final 4 innings are more heartburn for all of us.  No prediction on who wins......okay, Rangers win 5-4.

Jim
Jim

It's church.

primi timpano
primi timpano

Back to back grand slams.  Wow. Nice trivia answer.

Rooster
Rooster

Thanks for the contribution, Sam.  Your fine work is appreciated, as always.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Indeed -- Sam's contributions before and during are invaluable, and I am glad he could return for this.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Eric - "combination of Cabrera diving and Valverde covering 1st caused ground to shake"

McDoom
McDoom

I'd rather have their casinos

McDoom
McDoom

It was church when their 3 best hitters could not muster a rally in the 7th

McDoom
McDoom

Missed that Sam already called that above. Sorry Sam

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

No problem. But that's for pointing out the one thing I got right tonight.

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