You know, I have always thought that Ron Washington was a bit....different. He's just not like other managers. He makes decisions that are outside the box, and he has done so yet again for the ALCS.
Instead of going the first game with the ace of his staff Cliff Lee, Washington is going with CJ Wilson. Then, the Rangers will go with Colby Lewis, Cliff Lee, and Tommy Hunter. Very unorthodox to say the least. In another move, the Rangers will carry one less infielder and one more reliever. Washington is thinking outside the box and it just might work out for them.
The Yankees on the other hand, go basically with the tried and true, only this time they add AJ Burnett and his "personal" catcher to the mix in game 4. The Yankees are going with their ace CC in game 1, then Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte, and AJ Burnett. I think that could be a huge mistake. Burnett has been flat terrible this year and his insistence on a catcher other than Posada affects the Yankees at the plate in a major, major way. In fact, it could be the turning point of the series or the exclamation point. If Burnett pitches badly and the Yankees miss Posada's offense too greatly, game 4 could belong to the Rangers.
I do think the Rangers can win. I do think if their pitching is as good as it was in the ALDS and they move the bats - they can most definitely win. Will it be difficult? Absolutely. But a little outside the box thinking just might take them to the World Series.