Swing Away, Rangers

It’s Rangers-Yankees for the ALCS, subtexts abound. The team that has won just one playoff series against the team that has won more than any other sports franchise. The Rangers “let the pitchers pitch” philosophy matches up against the “Joba Rules” Yankees. And, of course, the dramatically different offensive styles:

Tm R/G Pit/PA 1stS
BOS 5.05 4.02 21%
TBR 4.95 3.93 29%
NYY 5.30 3.92 23%
SEA 3.17 3.89 24%
CLE 3.99 3.86 25%
LgAvg 4.45 3.82 26%
LAA 4.20 3.82 21%
OAK 4.09 3.80 27%
MIN 4.82 3.79 23%
DET 4.64 3.79 29%
CHW 4.64 3.76 25%
KCR 4.17 3.74 22%
TOR 4.66 3.72 34%
TEX 4.86 3.72 29%
BAL 3.78 3.71 28%
4.45 3.82 26%
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/13/2010.

The Yankees saw the third most pitches per plate appearance in the AL as a team; the Rangers traded for Jeff Francoeur. That’s pretty much everything you need to know right there.

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