Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Rangers ruffle Rays

What a big win today for the spring-in-their-step Texas Rangers. The American League West Champs rode Cliff Lee's arm for seven innings and 10 strikeouts in a 5-1 who over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the ALDS.

1-0, Rangers.

The only member of this Rangers squad that would be able to recognize post-season success other than Lee would be the man behind the plate today to catch him. So isn't it fitting that while the majority of this roster is toe-dipping into the playoffs for the first time, Lee and catcher Benji Molina cannonballed into the deep end of the pool. Molina paced Texas with three hits including an early RBI single and a solo home run.

It's a great start to the ALDS for a couple reasons. Obviously it's a Game 1 win which means even more in this short best-of-5 series. But more importantly the guys without playoff skins on the wall had a chance to get a taste of the playoffs without being counted on in the clutch just yet. How much more comforting is it now that Neftali Feliz has worked in inning and bounced back after putting two men no. The answer: LOTS.

Hang on to your antlers, because the Rangers have the series lead.

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