Let's assume that the Yankees win Games 5 and 6. New York would have the momentum in the series, and all of the pressure would be on the Texas Rangers.
The Yankees would have the veteran Andy Pettitte on the mound, possibly with a little bullpen help from C.C. Sabathia, an ideal scenario for New York.
Andy Pettitte pitched well in Game 3, too. He lasted seven innings and only allowed two earned runs. It does not get much better than that.
There is just one small problem. The New York Yankees would have to attempt to finally solve Cliff Lee.
Lee has been absolutely masterful in the 2010 postseason. In Game 3 of the ALCS, Lee pitched eight innings while allowing no runs and only two hits.
The law of averages may favor the Yankees, though. Some would reason that eventually the New York Yankees would have success against Cliff Lee.
Game 7 would certainly be an exciting game. Pettitte would be pitching in his home state and have the chance to cement his legacy with the New York Yankees. Cliff Lee could show everyone that he is the best pitcher in the majors, especially before he becomes a free agent.
Maybe someone in New York's executive management will inform Lee that he will receive a better contract with the Yankees if he loses Game 7 on purpose. It is worth a shot.
The New York Yankees definitely have a chance to win the 2010 ALCS, but they must defeat Cliff Lee in order to advance to the World Series.