The Edge – Teixeira vs Morales

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As the Yankees get set to face off with the Angels in the ALCS friday night, some interesting questions come up. There was an article on MLB.com comparing the players at each postion. To me, the most interesting argument was the comparison of the two first baseman, Kendry Morales for the Angels and Mark Teixeira for the Yankees. Here are their 2009 regular season numbers.
Yankees: Mark Teixeira .292 BA, 39 HR, 122 RBI, .383 OBP, .565 SLG
Angels: Kendry Morales .306 BA, 34 HR, 108 RBI, .355 OBP, .569 SLG

Bold = has the edge
As you can see, Morales has a slight edge in both batting average and slugging percentage while Teixeira has an overwhelming edge in home runs, runs batted in and on base percentage. Not to mention he led the entire American League in home runs and runs batted in. 
But, quite obviously, the postseason is not the regular season. Mentally, it’s a completely different ball game. Some perform better, some perform worse. In this case, both have performed poorly. Morales was 2 for 10 in the ALDS this year and is a career .217 hitter in the postseason without a home run in 10 games. Teixeira, although he went just 2 for 12 in the ALDS this year, he is a career .333 hitter in the playoffs. He also hit that dramatic walk-off home run in game 2, which is his only career postseason home run.
When you look at who they will be matching up against, again, it’s very similar. Of the four starters for both teams (assuming the Yankees go with either Gaudin or Joba as a fourth starter) each team has 2 RHP and 2 LHP. Both of these hitters are switch hitters. Morales hits .296 against lefties and .309 against righties. Teixeira hits .282 against lefties and .305 against righties. Very, very similar. The only difference is that the lefties they will be facing are very different. Teixeira will be facing Kazmir and Saunders who has struggled this year, while Morales will be facing the Yankees two best starters C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. Most likely, it will be easier for Teixeira to succeed. 
Looking at these stats, they are very, very similar. To me, I think Teixeira has a bit of an edge. He leads by a little in all of the categories we have looked at. It will be interesting to see if Teixeira can prove that in front of his former team. Keep your eyes on these two, it should be very interesting.
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Written by Jess Coleman for A Bite off the Big Apple
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2 comments

  1. Jane Heller

    Love your poll results so far! Although Morales is very talented, I think Tex has the edge with his power and defense. Also, he has A-Rod batting behind him, which should allow him to see more good pitches. It should be a great series. GO YANKS!

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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