Commentary

The Yankees' preferred ALDS foe

New York matches up much better with the Rangers than the Tigers

Updated: September 26, 2011, 12:32 PM ET
By Dayn Perry | FanGraphs
Derek JeterJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesDerek Jeter hit .354 against lefties this year -- a big reason the Yankees should be hoping for Texas.

It would seem to be an easy choice. After all, in the 2010 ALCS the New York Yankees were thumped in six games by the Texas Rangers. So it follows that the Yankees, in the 2011 postseason, would prefer to avoid the incumbent American League champs for as long as possible -- if not entirely.

Of course, with the AL wild card almost certain to come from the East Division, that means the Yankees will play either the Detroit Tigers or those menacing Rangers in the ALDS. Right now, Texas has a one-game lead on Detroit, and if that holds, the Yankees will face the Tigers. And while that might seem like good news for the Bronx Bombers, it's actually not. In fact, the Rangers are a far more accommodating matchup for the Yankees than the Tigers.

Is this just idle talk from the idle contrarian? Far from it. In this case, the numbers bear it out.