MLB Playoffs 2011: Why the Texas Rangers Would Rather Face the New York Yankees

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MLB Playoffs 2011: Why the Texas Rangers Would Rather Face the New York Yankees
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It's only fitting, after Beltre's bat made it rain on three occasions during the Rangers' game 4 ALDS winner, 4-3.

The Texas Rangers, despite some knee-jerk reactions following their Game 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, were able to stave off the Rays in convincing fashion in Game 4 by winning their second consecutive game by the score of 4-3.

To be honest, I feel that no matter whom they take on in the American League Championship Series this weekend, they should be able to defeat them.  But anytime there is more than one option, it's human nature to speculate as to which provides the best perk.

The New York Yankees are the team I'd rather face if I'm the Texas Rangers. This decision will certainly be seen as obtuse by some.

Seriously, man? The Texas Rangers are hitting .238 against the Yankees, and .231 at Yankees Stadium with only two home runs.

Yeah, and the Yankees' new-ish home is a launching pad for many other teams.  And the Texas Rangers hit much better against the Detroit Tigers (.269 to be exact.)  

Sure, if it's the Yankees in yet another 2010 postseason rematch, the Rangers will be giving up home field advantage. And who doesn't want home field advantage in the playoffs?  And the Yankees will have the "revenge" factor and...

Nope. I'd still rather pay the New York Yankees, and here's why.

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