September 10, 2010

Yankees-Rangers series preview

Tonight marks the start of a tough stretch of games the rest of the season for the Yankees. This weekend they play three in Texas, the AL West leader by 7.5 games, and it doesn’t get much easier after that.

If the season ended today, the Yankees would play the Rangers in the Division Series. This weekend’s series won’t be a very helpful precursor, however, because of the pitching matchups and the absence of MVP candidate Josh Hamilton.

Head to Head:
The Yankees swept the Rangers back in April and split a two-game series in August. This series will be their final matchup of the season, but could meet again in the postseason.

Pitching Matchups:

Date: Yankees starters Rangers starters
Fri., 8:05 p.m. Javier Vazquez (10-9, 5.01) C.J. Wilson (14-6, 3.10)
Sat., 8:05 p.m. A.J. Burnett (10-13, 5.15) T. Hunter (12-3, 3.99)
Sun., 3:05 p.m. Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.83) Cliff Lee (2-5, 4.69)

Lineup Notes: No surprises!

The Yankees don’t have their best pitchers lined up for this series and I think that will really hurt them. I bet they’ll win a game for Burnett tomorrow, but it’ll be tough to find offense against Wilson and Lee.

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