ALCS game 2 preview

Posted: October 10, 2011 in MLB playoffs

By Chris Bates

The Texas Rangers hold destiny in their own hands.  With a win today over the Detroit Tigers, they will be just two wins away from a second consecutive trip to the World Series with 5 potential games to play.  As showed in the first game, I believe the Rangers have the better bullpen and lineup then the Tigers.  However, the Tigers have the better starting rotation.  If the Rangers can get the lead heading into the 7th inning then their chances of winning are about 80%, according to multiple sources.  Now that Alexi Ogando is part of the bullpen, the Rangers are a tough team to beat. They have so many relievers that come in, throw hard and throw strikes, which is what you want out of your bullpen.  For those of you that don’t know, the Tigers took a major hit today when they announced that leftfielder and notorious Ranger killer Magglio Ordonez is out for the rest of the playoffs as he fractured his ankle in Game 1.  This is an injury that has been ailing him all season long, it has finally caught back up to him.  Delmon Young, who was left off the ALCS roster due to an oblique injury, has been added to take Ordonez’s place but won’t be healthy enough to play the next couple of games at least.  Today’s pitching matchup features two young and upcoming stars in the Major League when Derek Holland takes the mound for the Rangers against Max Scherzer for the Tigers.  Both starters won at least 14 games this year and have shown flashes of brilliance this year.  Holland leads the Rangers in shutout wins with three.  I see this game being very similar to Game 1, very low-scoring and close until the end.  The Rangers will come out with the victory because of their shut-down bullpen and head to Detroit up 2 games to none.

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