Mound Matchup: Wilson vs. Saunders


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The second game of this four-game set features LHP C.J. Wilson against fellow southpaw Joe Saunders. Here's a look at the matchup:

Wilson (8-5, 3.23 ERA): Wilson is coming off a win on Sunday in Boston, allowing one run on three hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work in the 4-2 victory. He's just 16 1/3 innings shy of his career-high 136 innings in 2002 between Charlotte and Tulsa. Wilson's ERA is the 7th-lowest for any left-hander in the AL. Interestingly, he's alternated wins and losses in his last five outings, but is 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA in his last eight starts. Wilson is 1-3 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 30 career games against the Angels. He's 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in two starts against the Angels this season.

Saunders (6-9, 4.83 ERA): He is winless in his last three starts despite leaving the game with the lead in two of them. He allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in six innings against Seattle in his last start. Saunders has pitched in eight or more innings in four of his 19 starts this season, including two complete games. This is his 11th career starts against Texas, but his first of 2010. He was 0-3 with a 16.88 ERA versus the Rangers in 2009 and has a 7.19 ERA in his career against them. In Arlington in five career starts, Saunders is 0-5 with a 11.68 ERA. He's allowed 14 homers to the Rangers, the most versus any opponent.

Hitters: Ian Kinsler is 9-for-21 with four homers and eight RBIs against Saunders. Other Rangers who have hit well agianst him: Michael Young (8-for-25) and Josh Hamilton (3-for-8). Juan Rivera is 5-for-11 and Maicer Izturis is 4-for-9 against Wilson. Erick Aybar (2-for-14), Hideki Matsui (2-for-13) and Bobby Abreu (2-for-10) have not hit particularly well against Wilson.