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Texas Rangers Would Rather Play New York Yankees in ALCS

The Texas Rangers are anxiously awaiting their opponent in the 2011 ALCS. After losing Game 1, Texas won three straight against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS to advance to the ALCS for the second consecutive season. Now Texas will face either the Detroit Tigers or New York Yankees, depending on who wins Game 5 of their series on Thursday. Most would say Texas should prefer to play Detroit, but why? Texas has New York’s number. Bring on the Yankees!

The Rangers absolutely stunned the Yankees in last year’s ALCS, winning the series in six games. This year, New York isn’t as strong as they were last year. Of course, Texas isn’t, either, without left-handed ace Cliff Lee. Still, Texas can beat New York. Plus, the Rangers will give their absolute all for a shot at beating the Yankees a second consecutive time in the playoffs.

Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia hasn’t been himself this postseason. In two games this year, Sabathia has given up five runs, all earned, on eight hits and walked six batters, compiling a 6.14 ERA. That’s not a good sign if his Yankees end up playing a Rangers team that scored 16 run in three games against the Rays. It seems the Texas bats have rekindled the fire they had started this time last year.

If the Rangers and Yankees meet again in this year’s ALCS, the media, fans and rest of the league will watch and watch closely. That won’t be the case if Detroit defeats New York on Thursday. No disrespect to Detroit, but America loves the Yankees for whatever reason. You won’t find that endearing f0ndness here, but it’s true for most of this bandwagon-ridden country.

That’s all the more reason for the Rangers to root for the Yankees on Thursday; half the nation will be rooting for New York in the ALCS, but the other 50 percent will be genuinely rooting for Texas. If it’s the Rangers and Tigers in the ALCS, only true Texas and Detroit fans will care.

To put it simply, the Rangers will play better against the Yankees. Plain and simple. Texas considers itself New York’s rival. The Yankees feel that way, too, although their half-hearted “fans” won’t admit it. Nothing would make the Rangers pitchers throw harder and the Texas bats connect more often than if the Yankees should their pinstripes in Texas for a second consecutive postseason. However, New York may not even get the chance. They must beat Detroit first. Here’s to “rooting”!