Cliff Lee Completely Dominant...Rangers Thump & Bump Rays And Advance To The ALCS To Play NY...My Goodness!
Cliff Lee pitched his Texas Rangers to continuing glory with a complete game 5-1 victory over the now-dead and buried Tampa Bay Rays. Lee was dominating but since he threw 120 pitches in his complete game effort, he won't pitch again until his Rangers meet the Yankees for game three on Monday. He put on a pitching clinic. Here's the no-hitter master, Nolan Ryan (thanks BFW)...
"Cliff Lee is as confident as any pitcher I've ever seen and the thing that makes you marvel is, he doesn't have a put-away pitch. He doesn't have a devastating slider, or velocity that blows people away, or a sinker that eats hitters up. But he's so confident in his ability to throw the ball where he wants it, and he pitches to both sides of the plate. It's unbelievable. This was as outstanding a performance in a pressure situation as I've ever seen.''
He was THAT good. So it'll be San Francisco At Philadelphia in game one of the NLCS on Saturday and the Yankees at Texas Friday night. Here is the complete schedule for both series...
Game 1: Sat. Oct. 16: San Francisco (Lincecum) at Philadelphia (Halladay), 7:57 p.m., FOX
Game 2: Sun. Oct. 17: San Francisco (Cain) at Philadelphia (Oswalt), 8:19 p.m., FOX
Game 3: Tue. Oct. 19: Philadelphia (Hamels) at San Francisco (Sanchez), 4:19 p.m., FOX
Game 4: Wed. Oct. 20: Philadelphia at San Francisco, 7:57 p.m., FOX
Game 5:* Thur. Oct. 21: Philadelphia at San Francisco, 7:57 p.m., FOX
Game 6:* Sat. Oct. 23: San Francisco at Philadelphia, 3:57 p.m., FOX
Game 7:* Sun. Oct. 24: San Francisco at Philadelphia, 7:57 p.m., FOX
Game 1: Fri. Oct. 15: Yankees at Rangers, 8:07 p.m., TBS
Game 2: Sat. Oct. 16: Yankees at Rangers, 4:07 p.m., TBS
Game 3: Mon. Oct. 18: Rangers at Yankees, 8:07 p.m., TBS
Game 4: Tue. Oct. 19: Rangers at Yankees, 8:07 p.m., TBS
Game 5:* Wed. Oct. 20: Rangers at Yankees, 4:07 p.m., TBS
Game 6:* Fri. Oct. 22: Yankees at Rangers, 8:07 p.m., TBS
Game 7:* Sat. Oct. 23: Yankees at Rangers, 8:07 p.m., TBS
Print it out and you'll know when to watch and where to tune in. You can also click on this post's title for more on last night's game. As always, BE WELL. Make the most out of your Hump Day Wednesday.