Matchup: C.J. Wilson vs. Kyle Davies

August, 30, 2010
8/30/10
1:30
PM CT
The AL West-leading Rangers begin a 10-game, 11-day road trip at 7:10 tonight against a Kansas City club mired near the bottom of the AL Central. Rangers’ left-hander C.J. Wilson will be opposed by Royals right-hander Kyle Davies.

Here's a brief scouting report:

Wilson (13-5, 3.02 ERA): Possibly the most impressive statistic for the Rangers’ win leader in his breakout season as a starter is the Rangers’ 20-6 record when he takes the mound. And lately, the numbers are an even more impressive: 14 team wins in his last 16 starts. Since the All-Star break, the 29-year-old is 6-0 with a 2.29 ERA. On Wednesday, Wilson allowed three runs in six innings and picked up his 13th victory, 4-3, over Minnesota. Away from Rangers Ballpark, however, Wilson has won only three times. In his only start against the Royals in May at Rangers Ballpark, Wilson tossed a complete-game 5-hitter, allowing one run in a 5-1 victory, his career first complete-game nine inning victory. Left-handed hitters have struggled most of the season against Wilson (.127 average), but in his last start until his last start when Minnesota lefties went 4-for-9 with two extra-base hits.

Davies (6-8, 5.41 ERA): After facing five straight left-handed starters, the Rangers finally take a crack at a right-hander. The 6-2, 218-pound Georgia native who turns 27 on Sept. 9 struggled in his last outing. Davies was charged with seven runs on a career-worst 12 hits in only 4.2 innings of a loss to the Tigers. Davies will be pitching on five days rest and should be anxious to whittle on his 20.25 ERA against Texas. The five-year veteran was touched for nine hits and nine runs in a four-inning stint that the Rangers won at home, 13-12, on May 6. In five starts this month, Davies is 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA. In his career against the Rangers, Davies is 0-3 with a 7.62 ERA. Since the All-Star break, Davies is 2-2 with a 5.09 ERA in eight starts. Walks are an issue for Davies. He’s issued 64 in 144.1 innings. Davies was named the top 14- and 15-year-old baseball player in the country by Baseball America.

Hitters: Josh Hamilton leads the Rangers’ hitters against Davies, going 4-for-9 with a double. Michael Young is batting .333 off Davies with five walks. David Murphy is hitting .300. The Royals’ Billy Butler is hitting .429 (3-for-7) against Wilson. Gregor Blanco tripled in his only at-bat against Wilson. The Royals player with the most looks at Wilson is Yuniesky Betancourt (3-for-12.)

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182