So far, this is the hardest road the Rangers could have traveled to get to the World Series.
Had the Boston Red Sox been able to hold their wild card spot, the Rangers would have absolutely plowed through their rotation and won the series. But, the Red Sox lost.
Then, they could have had New York. The rotation of the Yankees would have been much easier to handle than the stacked rotation of the Detroit Tigers in the League Championship Series. But, the Yankees lost.
One thing to be point out is that it rained in New York, which postponed the first game of the ALDS between New York and Detroit and led Justin Verlander to start Game 3. This is ultimately the reason he started Game 1 of the ALCS against the Rangers.
Had it not rained, Jim Leyland would have most likely been chosen and Verlander would have pitched in Game 5 instead of Game 3, delaying his appearance in the ALCS.
The Rangers still managed to pass that test with flying colors, giving Verlander the loss on a 3-2 battle of the bullpens.
Because of rain delays in Game 1 of the ALCS, Verlander only threw 82 pitches.
This was an extended side session for Verlander, who is in magnificent shape. Leyland could ultimately throw him in Game 3 because of such a low pitch count in Game 1.
Because CJ Wilson went back out to throw after the 41 minute rain delay, and threw much more than Veralander did, I would be skeptical to see Ron Washington use Wilson if Leyland were to throw Verlander in Game 3.
The rainstorms that soaked Arlington has had a huge impact on the way the managers can use their ace's in the rotation. The Rangers want to see the least amount of Verlander as possible, but because of the storms, he could potentially be a 1-3-7 guy, making three appearances in the ALCS if all seven games are necessary.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, I doubt Wilson would be able to do the same.