HOUSTON -- Good morning and Happy Father's Day. We conclude the first part of the Lone Star Series as left-hander C.J. Wilson tries to give the Rangers a three-game sweep when he faces the Astros' Felipe Paulino.
Here's a breakdown of the pitchers:
C.J. Wilson (5-3, 3.48): He's won his last two starts, and in the last one he went six innings, allowing two earned runs on just two hits. He walked a season-high six but struck out six in a 3-2 win over the Florida Marlins. Wilson's ERA has jumped from 1.48 to 3.48 in his last six starts, where he's 2-2. ... In interleague games, Wilson has struggled. He's 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA. ... Opponents are hitting .215 and compiled a .297 sluggling percentage vs. Wilson this season. On the road it's even better. He's holding opponents to a .196 average, but he's 1-2 with a 3.13 ERA.
Felipe Paulino (1-8, 4.50 ERA): This man is hurting. He picked up his eighth loss of the year after allowing 10 runs, eight earned, in 4 2/3 inning in a June 15 loss at Kansas City. ... Paulino does have six quality starts in his last eight outings. ... The Astros don't support him well. He's getting just 2.70 runs per game, second lowest in the NL. ... In his only outing vs. the Rangers -- May 22, 2009 -- he got a no-decision in a 6-5 loss. Paulino allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings of work.
Josh Hamilton has a 15-game hit streak. He extended it Saturday night with a bloop single to left in the eighth inning. Hamilton is fifth in the AL in runs scored (47). With the Astros starting a righty, Hamilton should do well. He's hitting .354 against them, third in the AL. ... Justin Smoak has hit a home run the first two games of the series, marking the first time in his career he's done that over consecutive games. ... Vladimir Guerrero is seventh in the AL with a .333 batting average and seventh in slugging percentage at .565.
When Hunter Pence got the game's first hit on Saturday night, an infield hit, it marked the 14th time he's reached base that way, tops in the NL. ... The Astros are hitting .233, last in the NL. ... Cleanup hitter Carlos Lee is hitting just .222 and has a slugging percentage of .381. ... The Astros are hitting just .239 at home through 36 games and .230 in day games.