ALCS: Many Yankees have struggled vs. Kazmir

October, 20, 2009
7:15 p.m. ET

Alex Rodriguez has been on fire this postseason, batting .348 with four home runs and nine RBIs in six games. Tonight he will face Scott Kazmir, a pitcher who has dominated him during his career. Rodriguez's slugging percentage and OPS against Kazmir are all his worst against any pitcher he has faced at least 30 times (64 pitchers). Rodriguez has a .125 batting average (3-for-24) against Kazmir with seven strikeouts and no extra-base hits.

Derek Jeter, meanwhile, also has dreadful numbers against Kazmir -- a .111 batting average (4-for-36) with 11 strikeouts and two extra-base hits. Of the 143 pitchers Jeter has faced at least 20 times (including in the postseason), his batting average against Kazmir is his worst against any pitcher.

Robinson Cano (.154 batting average), Johnny Damon (.167 average) and Hideki Matsui (.179 average) also have not hit well against Kazmir during their careers.

On the other hand, Mark Teixeira has dominated Kazmir during his career to the tune of a .636 batting average. Among the 143 pitchers Teixeira has faced at least 10 times, his .636 average ranks tied for third-best.



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