Saturday, October 23, 2010

Vlad The Impaler

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Game 6: Texas Rangers 6 - New York Yankees 1
Texas wins series, 4-2

Guerrero: 1-4, 1 R, 3 RBIs

Vladimir Guerrero IMPALES the New York Yankees.

As the old saying goes, if you play enough times with fire, sooner or later, you will get burned.

On three different occasions, in Game 6, the Yankees were forced to pick the better of two evils-- Josh Hamilton or Vlad. They chose to intentionally walk the dangerous Hamilton and take their chances with the dangerous but free-swinging Vlad.

Statistically speaking it was the right move because Hamilton is the one guy in the Rangers lineup you don't want to beat you. But having to do it once is ok. The first time it occurred in the third inning the statistics worked in favor of the Yankees.

But unfortunately, the same scenario presented itself in the 5th inning and again walking Hamilton was the better of two evils. This time, however, the stats caught up to the Yankees and Vlad burned them BIG TIME. Guerrero ripped a double to deep center scoring Mitch Moreland and Hamilton. A 1-1 tie became a 3-1 Texas lead.

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Nelson Cruz provided the final nail in the coffin by ripping a two-run home run making the score 5-1 and the Rangers never looked backed.

But the Hamilton-Vlad scenario is what killed the Yankees. I'm sure in Vlad's mind once is ok-- but twice? That's a no no. Give Vlad enough chances and he will HURT you.

And that's exactly what happened.

The end result: the Yankees go home and the Rangers move on to their first-ever World Series....

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