Cue the champagne, and a seperate room for Josh Hamilton, because the Texas Rangers are going to the ALCS to host the New York Yankees.
After another masterful performance from Cliff Lee, who struck out 11 batters while allowing only one run in nine innings of work, in which the lefty notched his second win of the serious over David Price, and the Rays, the Rangers are going to the ALCS.
The Rangers will host the defending World Series champions in the series opener on Friday in hopes of avenging their previous three playoff appearances in which they lost to the Yankees in 1996, ’98 and ’99.
After being acquired from Seattle in July, Lee has been nothing short of impressive in his time with the Rangers, helping make Nolan Ryan look like a pure genius and legitimate general manager.
The Rangers have had to deal with some adversity this season, beginning with the news of Ron Washington’s cocaine addiction and ending with Josh Hamilton’s bout with rib injuries. Through it all, Lee has been glue that has helped keep the Rangers pitching staff, and team, together as the boys from Texas look to bring down the defending champs on their way to the World Series.