The Texas Rangers have advanced to the ALCS for the second consecutive season and are looking for a similar result. In 2010, the Rangers defeated the New York Yankees in six games to advance to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. Texas may face the very same opponent again this year; the Yankees and Detroit Tigers are tied 2-2 in their best-of-five ALDS. They will play the series’ final game on Thursday and the Rangers will then know their 2011 ALCS opponent. Regardless of the opponent, left-hander C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 of the ALCS for Texas.
The rest of the Rangers’ rotation for the ALCS is yet to be determined; Texas manager Ron Washington said Wednesday he will wait until he knows his team’s opponent before solidifying it. Wilson gave up eight runs, six earned on seven hits, three of which were home runs in his only ALDS start. However, Washington is apparently confident in Wilson heading into the ALCS.