The Rangers have made two changes to their postseason roster for the ALCS to add some lefties to the bullpen:
The rest of the roster stays the same. The Yankees have some tough left-handed hitters and a handful of switch-hitters. The numbers suggest that most of those hitters aren't as good against left-handed pitchers. This gives manager Ron Washington a chance to throw some lefties out against those hitters and make the switch-hitters bat right-handed if he chooses too.
A few quick examples:
* Robinson Cano batted .337 against right-handed pitchers and .285 against lefties
* Lance Berkman, a switch-hitter, is batting .267 from the left side and just .171 from the right side
* Brett Gardner, a left-handed batter, hit .252 against lefties, 35 points lower than against righties
* Mark Teixeira, by the way, hits better against lefties (.278) than he does righties (.247). He has 23 homers in 421 at-bats against RHPs and 10 homers in 180 at-bats against LHPs.
Here is the Rangers' roster for the ALCS:
RH Pitchers (5): Neftali Feliz, Tommy Hunter, Colby Lewis, Darren O'Day, Alexi Ogando
LH Pitchers (6): Derek Holland, Michael Kirkman, Cliff Lee, Darren Oliver, Clay Rapada, C.J. Wilson
Catchers (2): Bengie Molina, Matt Treanor
Infielders (6): Elvis Andrus, Andres Blanco, Jorge Cantu, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Michael Young
Outfielders (6): Julio Borbon, Nelson Cruz, Jeff Francoeur, Vladimir Guerrero, Josh Hamilton, David Murphy