Just looking at a few numbers between the Yankees and Rangers.
A.J. Burnett vs. Heart of the Order
There is only one Rangers regular with better than a .250 batting average against Burnett is David Murphy. As a team, the Rangers have a .207/.291/.351 slash line against Burnett. Ian Kinsler, the star of the division series, is 4-for-20 with a home run and four strikeouts against Burnett.
Derek Jeter vs. the Rotation
Combined, Jeter is a career .431 hitter against the Rangers four-man rotation. He’s faced Tommy Hunter and Colby Lewis a total of nine times, but he’s 5-for-14 with three walks and a home run against C.J. Wilson. The numbers are even better against Cliff Lee: Jeter has a .417/.488/.583 slash line against the Rangers ace.
Dave Robertson vs. Josh Hamilton
The Rangers top left-handed hitter might be the MVP of the league. The Yankees have one left-handed reliever to throw at him — Hamilton is 0-for-3 against Boone Logan — but Robertson has been a pretty good matchup in a handful of at-bats. Robertson has held Hamilton 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Michael Young vs. the Yankees Best
The Rangers have just one career home run against the Yankees closer — Bengie Molina hit it — but they’ve been pretty successful getting hits against him. As a team, the Rangers have a career .319 batting average against Rivera, and Young has hit him pretty well with a solid sample size. He’s 7-for-22, a .318 average. Against the Yankees ace, CC Sabathia, Young is a .316 hitter with four doubles.
Neftali Feliz vs. the Circular Lineup
Feliz is a rookie, so sample size is certainly going to an issue with his numbers. But so far, he’s been very good against the Yankees. They have a total of 24 plate apperances against him. Lance Berkman is the only one to draw a walk, no one has more than one hit and Feliz has never allowed more than a single. The Yankees have 10 strikeouts and five hits against him.
Vladimir Guerrero vs. Kerry Wood
No home runs, but Guerroro is 8-for-15 in his career against the Yankees primary setup man. He also has three walks and a triple, good for a .533/.611/.667 slash line. The only other Ranger with more than three career at-bats against Wood is Jeff Francoeur who’s 2-for-4 with a strikeout.