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Open Thread: ALCS - Game 5

Chew on this for a minute: if there is to be any more baseball played this season in the state of California- beyond this evening- the hope of such a scenario rests on the right arm of John Lackey.

In other words, screw West Coast baseball!

Oh, I kid.

Surely you don't have to remind the New York Yankees that it actually takes four wins to win a seven-game series; the last time they were this close to their 40th (40!) trip to the World Series, Terry Francona and his group of whiskey drinking cowboys in red-colored footwear staged the greatest comeback since the First Easter.

Once again the Bombers are just one victory shy of punching a ticket to the Fall Classic, in this, Year 2 A.T. (After Torre), and they turn to A.J. (Burnett) to carry them home.

Regardless of what happens for the remainder of the ALCS, two things I know: the winner plays the Philadelphia Phillies, and the World Series starts next Wednesday.  I mean, unless Mother Nature intervenes or something, but now I'm just being silly.

Your lineups:



New York Yankees @ Los Angeles Angels

10/22/09 4:57 PM PDT

New York Yankees Los Angeles Angels
Derek Jeter - SS Chone Figgins - 3B
Johnny Damon - LF Bobby Abreu - RF
Mark Teixeira - 1B Torii Hunter - CF
Alex Rodriguez - 3B Vladimir Guerrero - DH
Hideki Matsui - DH Kendry Morales - 1B
Robinson Cano - 2B Maicer Izturis - 2B
Nick Swisher - RF Juan Rivera - LF
Melky Cabrera - CF Jeff Mathis - C
Jose Molina - C Erick Aybar - SS