ARLINGTON, Texas — Seeing Cliff Lee on the mound in October is like seeing a Great White’s dorsal fin slowly circle your inflatable life raft.
It’s probably not going to turn out well.
Yet the Yankees will be very happy to see Lee tomorrow night in Game 7 of the ALCS, because it will mean their season stayed alive with a victory in tonight’s Game 6 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
“We will be happy to face anybody,” Derek Jeter said of the Rangers’ ace, who blanked them across eight innings in Game 3.
In order to take a shot at Lee, whose career postseason record is 7-0, the Yankees must win tonight and tie the best-of-seven series at 3-3.
Phil Hughes, putrid in a Game 2 loss, faces right-hander Colby Lewis, who won Game 2. Las Vegas has installed the Yankees as slight favorites tonight.
A Yankees win would deliver Andy Pettitte against Lee, a repeat of Game 3.
“We want Game 7,” Jorge Posada said yesterday. “We understand no matter what, it goes through him.”
The Yankees avoided being eliminated in five games Wednesday with a 7-2 victory that shifted the action to Texas, where the Rangers believe they will advance to the first World Series in franchise history.