The Yankees will travel to the Lone Star state for a quick two game set against the Rangers. The Yankees will see the Rangers two best pitchers in CJ Wilson and Cliff Lee. Potential playoff series preview? Maybe…

Keys to the Series:

1. Slow Down Hamilton: Josh Hamilton has arguably been the American League’s Most Valuable Player. Hamilton’s .355 batting average, 24 HRs, and 77 RBIs all rank towards the top of the league. Hamilton is a lifetime .217 hitter in 16 games against the Yanks, but containing him is necessary.

2. Work Cliff Lee: To put it simply, Lee has been dominant this year. He has thrown at least seven innings in all but one start this year. He threw a complete against the Yankees earlier this season as a member of the Mariners. Lee is even scarier now that he is on an AL contender.

Here’s the tale of the tape:

NYY TEX Advantage
OBP .350 (1st) .340 (4th) NYY
HRs 131 (3rd) 119 (6th) NYY
ERA 3.87 (5th) 3.78 (3rd) TEX
BAA .247 (4th) .244 (2nd) TEX
Fielding .988 (2nd) .982 (12th) NYY

Pitching Match-Ups:

Tuesday, 8:10 PM, MY9: AJ Burnett (9-9, 4.93 ERA) vs. CJ Wilson (10-5, 3.30 ERA)

Last Start:
Burnett: Loss, 4 2/3 innings, eight earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Toronto)
Wilson: ND, three innings, four earned runs, four strikeouts (at Seattle)

**AJ Burnett is dealing with back spasms and is tentatively slated to start on Tuesday.
**The Yankees touched up Wilson for five runs in six innings earlier this year.

Wednesday, 8:05 PM, ESPN: Javier Vazquez (9-8, 4.63 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (10-5, 2.44 ERA)

Last Start:
Vazquez: Loss, 5 1/3 innings, three earned runs, five strikeouts (vs. Boston)
Lee: Win, eight innings, one earned run, eight strikeouts (at Oakland)

**Cliff Lee is good.

Enjoy the series!