Texas Rangers: Mound Matchups
Perez (10-5, 3.55 ERA): The 22-year-old Perez makes the biggest start of his career. ... He allowed three earned runs in seven innings in his previous start against Houston. ... He was 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 31 innings in September. ... Perez had a six-game winning streak in August and September that carried the Rangers while other starters struggled to record wins. ... He is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA at home in eight starts. ... Perez has faced the Rays once in relief, allowing two runs in five innings.
Price (9-8, 3.39 ERA): Price allowed two runs in seven innings in an 8-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday. ... He is 1-2 with a 3.78 ERA in five starts in September. ... Price is 7-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 14 road starts. ... Price has not faced the Rangers this season, but historically he hasn't pitched well against them. ... Price is 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA in eight starts in the regular season against the Rangers. ... He's 1-2 with a 10.26 ERA at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, allowing four home runs in 16 2/3 innings. ... He is 0-3 with a 4.66 ERA against the Rangers in three postseason starts.
Hitters: Evan Longoria is 1-for-2 against Perez. Nelson Cruz, who returns Monday night, is 6-for-12 with two home runs and four RBIs against Price. Alex Rios is 10-for-23 with two homers and seven RBIs against the Rays lefty.
Darvish (13-9, 2.82): Darvish has a major league leading 269 strikeouts this season, equaling the most since Randy Johnson had 290 punchouts in 2004. ... Darvish took a no-decision in his starter Tuesday against Houston, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. ... He has pitched past the sixth inning in his last two starts. ... He is 1-4 with a 3.38 ERA for his last eight starts. ... He has lost three consecutive home starts. ... He makes his fourth start against the Angels this season. ... He is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA.
Vargas (9-7, 4.01 ERA): Vargas had a complete game shutout Tuesday night against Oakland. ... It was his second shutout this season and fifth of his career. ... Vargas gave up four its and walked one. ... Otherwise, it's been a brutal September for Vargas, who is 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA, allowing 36 hits in 29 1/3 innings. ... Vargas has a 2.89 ERA against the Rangers this season and has not recorded a decision in three starts. .... He is 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA versus Texas for his career.
Hitters: Geovany Soto is 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBIs against Vargas and should draw the start with Yu Darvish pitching. Mike Trout is 8-for-26 with three home runs and five RBIs against Darvish.
Holland (10-9, 3.33 ERA): Holland threw a complete-game shutout against the Houston Astros in start No. 32 of the season Monday, ending a streak of eight straight winless starts. ... Holland is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in five September starts. ... His 2.53 ERA in day games in sixth best in the American League. ... The Rangers have given him 4.32 runs of support per start, 14th lowest in the AL. ... Holland has faced the Angels once this season, allowing six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on Sept. 7. ... He is 7-6 with a 5.81 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) against the Halos.
Richards (7-7, 4.09 ERA): Richards makes his 17th start and 47th appearance of the season. ... He lost his last start Monday against Oakland, allowing seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. ... He is 5-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts since rejoining the Angels' rotation. ... Richards is 2-0 with a 4.33 ERA for nine games (five starts) against the Rangers. ... He beat Holland on Sept. 7 in Anaheim as he allowed one earned run and six hits in seven innings in an 8-3 Angels win.
Hitters: Howie Kendrick is 17-for-45 with two home runs and 12 RBIs against Holland. Leonys Martin is 3-for-5 with an RBI against Richards.
Ogando (7-4, 2.93): Ogando pitched beautifully in his last start, throwing seven shutout innings in a no-decision Saturday at Kansas City. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out five. ... Since returning from his third stint on the disabled list, Ogando has allowed one run and five hits in 18 innings. Opposing batters are 5-for-55 against him since his return. ... Ogando is 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his career against the Angels, the lowest ERA among active pitchers against the Halos. ... He is 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA in four career starts against the Angels. ... Ogando is 12-6 with a 3.17 ERA in 76 games at Rangers Ballpark.
Wilson (17-7, 3.36): The former Ranger has had an exceptional season, but he did see his nine-game winning streak come to a halt on Sunday against Seattle. He allowed three runs in 8 1/3 innings. ... Wilson is 13-2 with a 2.94 ERA in his last 19 starts. ... Wilson has struggled against the Rangers. He is 1-2 with a 7.92 ERA in seven career starts against Texas. The Rangers have hammered him to the tune of a .349 batting average and have forced Wilson into 19 walks in 30 1/3 innings.
Hitters: Rangers hitters have tortured Wilson, from Alex Rios (8-for-19, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) to Ian Kinsler (8-for-16, 1 HR, 3 RBIs). Mike Trout (4-for-9, 1 HR, 6 RBIs) and Mark Trumbo (6-for-16, 1 RBI) have had success against Ogando. Former Ranger Josh Hamilton is 0-for-6 against him.
Garza (10-6, 3.90 ERA): Garza had a dominant outing in his last start, allowing a run in eight innings as the Rangers beat Kansas City 3-1 ... It was the club's longest start since Yu Darvish went eight innings on Aug. 12 against Houston ... Garza snapped a four-game losing streak ... The Rangers are 7-5 in Garza's starts with two walk off wins ... Garza is winless in seven starts against the Angels, going 0-2 with a 5.61 ERA ... He is 0-1 with a 5.31 ERA against the Halos this season ... Garza is 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA for six starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Williams (9-10, 4.55 ERA): Williams makes his third start against the Rangers this season ... He has won all four of his September starts for his career-best winning streak ... He allowed one earned run in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-5 victory over Seattle. ... Williams has a 3.75 ERA in September ... He is 1-1 with a 5.98 ERA in 13 games against the Rangers ... He is been better against Texas this season, with a 3.00 ERA in four games/two starts.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre is 10-for-24 with two home runs and five RBIs against Williams. Howie Kendrick is 6-for-9 with a home run and two RBIs against Garza.
|Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Keuchel (6-9, 4.99 ERA): Keuchel is making his final start of the season. ... He is 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA in his last six starts and has allowed 43 hits in 34 innings over that span. ... Keuchel did pitch well in his last start Thursday against Cleveland, allowing one run in seven innings. He had seven strikeouts and walked only one. ... Opponents are batting .299 against him. ... Keuchel is 0-5 with an 11.10 ERA in six career road starts. ... He allowed a run in five innings in his only start against the Rangers.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre is 4-for-12 with two doubles against Keuchel. Chris Carter is 4-for-8 with two home runs and three RBIs against Perez.
Darvish (13.9, 2.81): Darvish needs four outs Tuesday to reach 200 innings for the first time in his career. ... He ended his career-long four-game losing streak in his last start against Tampa Bay, lasting only five innings in an 8-2 victory over the Rays. ... Darvish matched a career high with six walks. ... Darvish is 1-4 with a 3.40 ERA for his last seven starts. ... He leads the majors with 260 strikeouts. ... Darvish makes his fifth start against the Astros. ... He is 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA. ... Darvish has come within an out of a perfect game and five outs of a no-hitter against Houston this season.
Peacock (5-5, 5.24 ERA): Peacock allowed three earned runs and had five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings in his last start Wednesday against Cincinnati. ... He is 4-2 with a 3.58 ERA for his last 10 appearances, including eight starts. ... He has 51 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings. ... The Astros are 5-8 in his starts. ... He is 1-8 after an Astros' loss. ... Peacock has faced the Rangers once this season, allowing a run in six innings while getting a no-decision.
Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski is 1-for-3 with a home run against Peacock. Marc Krauss is 2-for-6 with two RBIs against Darvish. Matt Dominguez has two home runs in nine at-bats against the Rangers' pitcher.
Holland (9-9, 3.48): Holland is winless in his last eight starts, but he pitched better against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, allowing two runs in six innings. He had 5 2/3 shutout innings before allowing a two-out, two-run home run to the Rays' Sean Rodriguez in the bottom of the sixth that tied the game 2-2. The Rays won 4-3 in 12 innings. ... Holland is 0-3 with a 7.91 ERA in September. He has allowed 14 home runs in 15 starts since July 1. He leads the staff with 21 quality starts. He is 0-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against the Astros this season.
Lyles (7-8, 5.26): Lyles allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last start Tuesday against Cincinnati. He doesn't miss many bats with 91 strikeouts in 138 2/3 innings. The Astros are 9-15 for his starts. Houston scores for him, averaging 5.78 runs of support per start. He is 7-10 after a Houston loss. Lyles is a very respectable 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA on the road. He has made one start against the Rangers this season, allowing eight runs and 11 hits in four innings.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre (6-for-15, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) and David Murphy (4-for-6, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs) have raked against Lyles. Astros catcher Jason Castro is 4-for-6 with a home run against Holland.
Ogando (7-4, 3.15 ERA): Ogando makes his second start in September and will be on a limited pitch count of around 80 pitches ... He picked up a win on Tuesday at Tampa Bay, going five innings and allowing a run ... Ogando is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA since coming back from his third stint on the disabled list this season on Sept. 4 ... Opponents are 3-for-34 against him since his return ... Ogando has received one run or fewer of support in eight of his 16 starts ... He is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA for eight appearances/three starts against the Royals.
Shields (12-9, 3.33 ERA): Shields has won six of his last seven starts as he finds himself on a late-inning run ... He beat Cleveland 7-1 on Tuesday, allowing a run in six innings ... Shields had 10 strikeouts and allowed a home run ... He is 3-1 with a 4.74 ERA for four starts in September ... Shields is 3-6 with a 4.73 ERA in 15 home starts ... Shields has faced the Rangers once this season, allowing a run in seven innings and getting a no-decision.
Hitters: Alcides Escobar is 2-for-8 with an RBI against Ogando. Elvis Andrus is 13-for-31 with two RBIs against Shields.
Did he ever do that, for himself and his ballclub.
Garza dominated before a sellout crowd in Kansas City, never allowing more than one baserunner in any single inning as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Rangers traded for Garza in July because he had a reputation for being a big-game pitcher. Garza hasn't shown that prowess lately in losing three September starts.
But he was all about the moment on Saturday night. He took pressure off his defense and hitters by keeping his innings short and effective. And simple. This September start brought out the best in the Rangers' hired gun.
"What came out of him tonight was pride," manager Ron Washington said.
Texas kept pace with the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians in the American League wild-card race after both the Rays and Indians won on Saturday. The Rangers are a half-game behind Cleveland and a full game behind Tampa Bay with eight games left in the regular season.
The Rangers scored early runs with Ian Kinsler starting the game with a triple and scoring on Elvis Andrus' groundout. They took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on Adrian Beltre's single off the second-base bag and A.J. Pierzynski's sacrifice fly.
For Garza, it was all about staying within himself, working the corners with his fastball and dropping in the curveball when needed. He won for the first time since Aug. 19 against the Houston Astros.
"It felt good to get back to being me," Garza said. "I had been trying to do too many things, so I kept it simple. That's who I am. I went out there with a game plan of attack and trust my stuff and let's go. There's no time to work on anything anymore."
Pierzynski said Garza might have been going through information overload in his recent starts. He was taking in all of the scouting reports on hitters and attacking that way, instead of his own way, which is working off his fastball.
"Matt is a simple guy," Pierzynski said. "If you give him too much, he can overthink some stuff."
Garza was at his best the few times he had to work with runners on base. He had only one walk, and that came with two outs in the fourth inning. He didn't blink, striking out Salvador Perez coming inside with the first two pitches to get ahead, then going down and away for the strikeout.
Garza gave up five hits, including a two-out triple that deflected off first baseman Mitch Moreland's glove in the sixth inning. Garza bounced right back by striking out Alcides Escobar using the same pattern of pitches he used against Perez.
"We executed the game, which is what we're supposed to do," said Garza, who didn't make any mechanical changes after allowing 14 runs in 15⅓ innings in his first three September starts.
"They were taking early swings," Garza said. "They weren't catching good wood on my fastball until the ninth inning. The balls they did hit were off-speed pitches. It was about going to work."
Washington gave Garza a chance for a shutout by bringing him back out to start the ninth inning. He had thrown only 93 pitches. Garza threw a 2-1 fastball to Eric Hosmer on one of the few times all night one of the Royals hit a ball hard. Hosmer hit a home run into the bullpen in left field.
Washington went to closer Joe Nathan, who retired all three batters he faced -- getting two strikeouts -- and wrapped up Garza's 10th win of the season.
Garza was asked after the game if this was the best start since he was traded to the Rangers on July 22.
He hopes not.
"The best start I hope I make in October," Garza said.
Garza (9-6, 4.06 ERA): Garza has lost four straight decisions, the latest a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday He goes for his 10th win for the fifth time this season His four straight losing decisions is a career high Garza has failed to complete five innings in consecutive starts for the the third time in his career, with the other two times also coming in September Garza is 2-5 with a 5.72 ERA since Aug. 3 That's the fourth-highest ERA in the American League in that span The Rangers are 6-5 in his starts Run support hasn't been Garza's best friend, as he's had two runs or fewer scored for him in eight of 11 starts He is 1-5 with a 3.83 ERA for eight career starts against the Royals,but hasn't faced them since 2010 Garza is 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA at Kauffman Stadium.
Guthrie (14-11, 4.08): Guthrie is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in September He has a career losing record of 69-88 and a 4.25 ERA Guthrie lost his last start, allowing 13 hits, two home runs and three runs in eight innings of a 3-2 loss to Detroit Opponents are batting .289 against him He is 9-4 with a 4.37 ERA at home Guthrie is 4-3 with a 3.77 ERA for his career against the Rangers.
Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski (13-for-36, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) and Ian Kinsler (10-for-29, 2 2B, RBI) have had success against Guthrie. Alex Rios has two homers against him. Billy Butler is 8-for-20 with an RBI against Garza.
Perez (9-5, 3.64 ERA): Perez has followed up a six-game winning streak with two straight losses. He allowed three earned runs in 6⅓ innings in the Rangers' 5-1 loss to Oakland on Sunday. It was the first time Perez has lost a game when he's had a quality start. Perez has pitched like a veteran, issuing two walks or fewer in 15 of 17 starts. The only major league rookie left-hander with more wins is the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu. Perez has won five straight road games, the second-longest streak by a Texas starter behind Derek Holland's six-game streak.
Santana (9-9, 3.23): Santana has pitched well in his first season with the Royals. He is ninth in the American League in ERA. Santana had 6⅔ scoreless innings and beat Detroit on Saturday. He gave up five hits while fanning five and walking one. Santana is 5-5 with a 3.02 ERA in 14 home starts. He took a no-decision in his only start against the Rangers this season back in June, allowing an unearned run in seven innings in a 3-1 Royals loss. Santana is 6-6 with a 4.98 ERA in 28 career starts against Texas.
Hitters: Perez has never faced the Royals. Ian Kinsler (19-for-54, 1 HR, 6 RBIs) and Elvis Andrus (12-for-40, 2 RBIs) have had success against Santana.
Darvish (12-9, 2.79): Darvish has lost two straight 1-0 games and a record four this season, but you already know that. His latest came in a 1-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, a start in which Darvish allowed a first-inning run and that was it. Darvish needs to throw 6 1/3 innings to reach 200 innings for the first time in his career. He is winless in his past six starts, his last victory coming Aug. 12 at Houston, when he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Since then, Darvish has flirted with a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins and lost 1-0 games to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland on the Rangers' recent homestand. He leads the majors with 256 strikeouts. Darvish had 10 strikeouts against the A's, giving him 12 starts with double-digit strikeouts this season. He has had seven consecutive starts of two runs or less of run support while going five-plus innings, the first pitcher in franchise history to suffer that fate. Darvish faced Tampa Bay twice last season and was 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA, allowing one run in 15 innings.
Moore (15-3, 3.11): Moore would probably be in the AL Cy Young conversation if not for a sore elbow that cost him six starts. He opened the season with an 8-0 record, including a 2-0 victory over Derek Holland and the Rangers on April 10 in Arlington. Moore missed all of August and returned Sept. 3 and has made three starts since coming off the disabled list. He went only three innings in his most recent start in Minnesota because of rain. He allowed one hit, didn't give up any runs and had five strikeouts and three walks. Moore has allowed one run in 15 2/3 innings in his three September starts. He is 7-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 10 starts at Tropicana Field this season.
Hitters: The current Rangers are batting .094 against Moore. He has 15 strikeouts in 32-bats. Sam Fuld is 3-for-6 with an RBI against Darvish.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Rangers go for a second straight win against Tampa Bay with left-hander Derek Holland facing Rays right-hander Chris Archer on Tuesday night at 6:10 p.m. CT on ESPN, Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.
|Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Archer (9-7, 3.03): Archer is another in a long line of rising young star pitchers for the Rays. He was a fifth-round pick by Cleveland in 2006. ... Archer is 6-3 with a 2.84 ERA at Tropicana Field. ... He went six scoreless innings in his start Friday at Minnesota, racking up seven strikeouts while allowing three hits and walking none. ... The Rays are 11-1 in starts when Archer goes six or more innings and 1-7 when he doesn't make it through six. ... Archer has thrown a career-high 116 innings. ... He doesn't have a walk in six of his last 13 starts. ... Archer has faced the Rangers once, striking out 11 batters last September in a game Texas eventually won 4-2 in 10 innings.
Hitters: Evan Longoria (9-for-24, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs) and Delmon Young (6-for-15, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs) have had success against Holland. The current Rangers are batting .211 against Archer over 19 at-bats.
|Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Hellickson (11-8, 5.04 ERA): Hellickson has had a down and then up season. ... He is 8-3 since the All-Star break, but still has a below average ERA of 4.67. ... Hellickson has pitched his best at home, with a 4.52 ERA at Tropicana Field. ...The Rays have won six of his last seven home starts and 11 of 14 for the season. ... Hellickson didn't get a decision Thursday against Boston, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings in an eventual 4-3 victory over the Red Sox. ... Hellickson allowed two home runs in that start, which should make for an interesting night with the Rangers not hitting a long ball in seven games. ... He has averaged 91.5 mph on his fastball after seven days in late August working in the minor leagues. ... Hellickson has never beaten the Rangers. ... He suffered a 5-4 loss to Texas on April 8, allowing three runs and two homers in five innings. ... A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back home runs off Hellickson in the start.
Hitters: Alex Rios is 3-for-7 with a home run and Moreland is 2-for-5 off Hellickson. Evan Longoria is 4-for-6 with a home run Matt Joyce is 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs against Ogando.
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