Mound Matchup: Cliff Lee-Sean O'Sullivan

August, 31, 2010
8/31/10
2:00
PM CT
KANSAS CITY -- LHP Cliff Lee opposes RHP Sean O'Sullivan in the second game of this three-game series. Here's some information about those two starters for you:

Lee (10-8, 3.26 ERA): He's look to rebound from a rough stretch. Lee has lost three straight starts with a 9.33 ERA (19 ER/18.1 IP) in that span. He's seen his season ERA go from 2.57 to 3.26 because of it. Still, his ERA is 10th in the American League and his 179 2/3 innings pitched are 10th-most in the AL. Lee has 156 strikeouts and 12 walks, a ridiculous 13.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio, well ahead of the competition (Roy Halladay is second at 7.44). Lee went just five innings and gave up five runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in his last outing, a loss to Minnesota. He is 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 starts since he was traded to Texas. Lee is 12-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 22 career starts against the Royals. He hasn't pitched against them this season.

O'Sullivan (2-4, 4.96 ERA): Acquired in the trade that sent Alberto Callaspo to the Angels, O'Sullivan has gone 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in seven games (six starts) for Kansas City. He's coming off his second quality start as a Royal, giving up three runs (all in the second inning) on seven hits with no walks in seven innings in a win over Detroit. O'Sullivan got the no-decision when the Royals won in extra innings. He has faced the Rangers three times (two starts) while with Los Angeles this season and is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA (in 13 1/3 innings pitched).

Hitters: Only four Rangers hitters have at least five at-bats against O'Sullivan with mixed results. Michael Young and David Murphy are each 2-for-5. Julio Borbon and Elvis Andrus are a combined 0-for-11. Jason Kendall (3-for-8) and Alex Gordon (3-for-9) have had success against Lee. Yuniesky Bentancourt (3-for-17) and Mike Aviles (2-for-15) have struggled versus the lefty.

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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