April 15, 2011

Rangers-Yankees Series Preview: Bring on the heat!

The Yankees begin a three-game set with the Rangers at Yankee Stadium tonight. Below, you’ll find an intimidating list of opposing pitchers’ records. Note: Hopefully now you have less doubts of me predicting the Rangers to represent the AL in the World Series again this year.

Also, keep in mind Josh Hamilton just landed on the DL. The Rangers are weakened, but they are still a powerful squad without their star.

On the Hill:
Friday: Matt Harrison (2-0, 1.29) vs. Ivan Nova (1-0, 6.10)
Saturday: Derek Holland (2-0, 2.25) vs. Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00)
Sunday: Alexi Ogando (2-0, 0.00) vs. CC Sabathia (0-1, 1.45)

Players to Watch:
Mike Napoli: A Yankee killer. He is a career .370/.505/.630 hitter against the Yankees. Enough said.

Jorge Posada: I don’t know where this power is coming from, but I like it. He leads the team with five homers. Surprisingly, homering is just about all he’s done this year. He’s hitting .189 with a .231 OBP.

This will be a tight, tight series, and I’m especially looking forward to watching CC take on Ogando on Sunday Night Baseball. Rangers win the first two, but not Sunday on primetime.

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