Hughes, slumping sluggers will decide Yankees' fate in Game 6
Cruz had to leave Game 5 in the fifth inning due to tightness in the left hamstring that sent him to the disabled list twice during the regular season, most recently in August, but he is expected to start Game 6. The Rangers certainly hope that Cruz can go, as he has hit .353/.421/.706 in this series and .378/.410/.838 with four home runs in the postseason overall. Then again, the entire Texas team has hit .316/.383/.520 in this series, with eight home runs and nine stolen bases in 10 attempts.
The biggest positive for the Yankees coming out of Game 5 is that their offense woke up, producing seven runs on nine hits (plus six walks); six of those hits were for extra bases, including a double and a homer by
Though he hasn't completed the sixth inning in any of his last three starts, Lewis also hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last seven, posting a 2.20 ERA over that stretch while striking out 42 in as many innings and allowing just three home runs. However, one of those three dingers came off the red-hot bat of