Game six tonight in the ALCS, New York Yankees down 3-2 in the series again visit the Texas Rangers. First pitch 8:07pm ET at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Rebounding and finally showing that they have the fortitude to put the Rangers away early in a game, may have come a little late for these Yankees. Whereas Texas looked so good through four games and now has to quickly tighten the screws and leave the mental mishaps from game five in New York.
Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis came in and delivered a calming performance in Game two, that looked like a mirror image of last night’s game, only the opposite victor presented itself. We now know that with Lewis it isn’t going to be pretty, but he will give you a solid five and keep you close enough to have a shot in the end. Nelson Cruz hobbled by a bad hammy, will try and struggle through the end of this series. It was nice this series to see a big man with the foot speed to steal and advance two bases on a single.
The New York Yankees and Phil Hughes did not expect to get routed in Game Two like they did. Hughes lasted a puzzling four innings giving up seven and should have been pulled a lot earlier. Hughes in a tough spot here losing already in Texas, has to come back and keep the Yankees in it or they are done. At least CC Sabathia could come back and redeem himself at home. A luxury not afforded to Phil versus Colby Lewis and the Texas Rangers and really no other option as it was game six, seven or to sit him down for the series.
New York vs Texas ALCS Game 6 Betting Odds:
@ Rangers (-101)
New York -1.5 (+145)
@ Texas +1.5 (-165)
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Yankees vs Rangers ALCS Prediction for Game 6:
Game Total Prediction (TOP PLAY) – In all games both teams have put up runs, except for the 8-0 drubbing in game three, but I believe that not to be the rule. Both of these pitchers are going to give up runs, Phil Hughes should be better but still give up at least four. I think game 5 was the Yankees statement game and they are what we thought they were. Though as the team proceeds to grasp at its last straw, how can they overcome the advantage of Texas and Rangers ballpark in Arlington? Colby Lewis though I feel will come back to earth a bit and still do alright but give up four or more. So if the starters are to give up a total of eight and a tie results, we have our total.
GAME TOTAL PREDICTION = OVER 9 runs
Moneyline Prediction – Many are predicting both series’ to go to seven games. But did the Yankees use up all their general reserves Wednesday? Have the Rangers been taken out of their groove and are now unable to close the deal without Cliff Lee, who will be hard-pressed to do so on short rest in game number seven? Tough, you could go either way in this one, which has made me gun-shy in not offering this pick up as my top play of the day. I have all the confidence after almost perfectly predicting the outcome of the NLCS last night. But I fear in this one that if the Rangers need to rely once again on their Catcher for offense that it may be a night to forget and they will relent in knowing they have Cliff Lee for the do or die game seven on Saturday (same time). Time to right the ship after the debacle lastly, time for some ‘Power Rangers’ to show up.
MONEYLINE PREDICTION = RANGERS to Win (-101)