LCS GameThread: Rangers (3) @ Yankees (1), 4:07 PM; Phillies (1) @ Giants (2), 7:57 PM

Poor A.J.

If the Texas Rangers win tonight they will be going to their first World Series in franchise history. If the Texas Rangers win tonight they will have not only beaten the New York Yankees, but destroyed them, as currently they have outscored the most storied team in the history of stories 25-10 and put a hurting on pretty much all Yankee pitchers not named Andy Pettitte.

As I've said, I don't particularly like the Rangers as a team. But when I'm watching them play the Yankees, all I can think about is how badly I want to see the Rangers kill them. Normally, if a team were up 3-1 and on the road, part of me would hope that they'd lose game five so that their hometown fans would get to see them clinch in person. I have no such desire for this series. I want C.J. Wilson to dominate A-Rod and Jeter and the rest in front of the Yankees "faithful." And I want CC Sabathia, the $161 million man, to have another sad four inning outing in their $1.5 billion monstrosity while the $180 million first baseman sits on the bench with a boo boo.

As for the NLCS, the Phillies will try to even the series at 2-2 in San Francisco. They're turning to Joe Blanton to do what Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels couldn't, which might be a bit unnerving for the Phillies fans in the crowd. He's pitching against twenty-one year old Madison Baumgarner, whose name always reminds me of Henry Rowengartner.

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