Lee vs. Pettitte.

The Rangers on the ALCS roster are a collective .308/.373/.462-hitting bunch against Andy Pettitte, which is sort of stunning. It's .327/.390/.497 if you include Vladimir Guerrero, Bengie Molina, and Jeff Francoeur's work in the post-season, where Pettitte has generally made his career mark.

Then again, the Yankees' collective .280/.329/.482 slash against Cliff Lee is equally hard to believe. Not surprisingly, the slash dips a bit (to .269/.314/.456) if you include the playoffs.

David Murphy has a 1.144 OPS in 12 plate appearances against Pettitte, but he'll likely start the game on the bench, ceding the start to the right-handed-hitting Francoeur and his team-leading 1.455 (11 plate appearances).

Lots of pinball numbers. But still feels like we're poised for a 2-1 game.

Enjoy this.

 
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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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