I think if I had to pick between the Rangers and Orioles for the Yankees to play in the ALDS, I would have to say right now the Rangers are a more favorable matchup.
And I say right now because the Rangers have been struggling down the stretch.
Since September 18, Texas finished the regular season 6-9, which included losing five of their final six games.
In the final series of the year against Oakland, the Rangers lost their first two games, which meant their final game of the series would determine who won the A.L. West.
The Rangers were up 5-1 in the third inning and then Oakland struck for six runs in the fourth inning and then tacked on an additional four runs in the eighth inning. The A's won 12-5 and took the division right out of Texas' hands.
That loss had to be a devastating one for Texas, who on Friday, are staring elimination in the face.
If the Orioles came in a hot team, I think Texas would be in serious trouble, but Tampa Bay got the better end of Baltimore at Tropicana Field.
I do think the Rangers will beat the Orioles, but in a five-game series, I like the Yankees' chances facing Texas.
I'll be the first one to admit it, I wanted no part of a rematch with the Detroit Tigers and I am glad they are facing the A's in the first round.
In a series between the Yankees and Rangers, we can talk about offense, but in the end, I think it would come down to who can pitch better.
I think the best way the Yankees can tame the Texas lineup is by throwing CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda at them.
I'd throw in Phil Hughes there too, but the last time Hughes faced Texas in the playoffs, Hughes went 0-2 and bombed out in Game 6 of the ALCS.
However, I like the Yankees throwing their top three starters and being able to shut down the Rangers.
Sabathia has been pitching much better as of late, Kuroda has been steady all year long and Pettitte is just getting back into his groove, winning two out of his final three starts off the DL.
I think the Rangers are the best matchup for the Yankees in the ALDS because I think it gives the Bombers the best chance to win and get to the ALCS.
Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.