Matchup: C.J. Wilson vs. Felix Hernandez

April, 6, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Both No. 1 pitchers for the Rangers and Mariners will faceoff at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for a 1 p.m. affair. (Live in-game chat also starts then, BTW). A quick look at the pitching matchup:

C.J. Wilson (0-0, 3.18 ERA): In his first Opening Day start (just one season after he converted from reliever to starter), Wilson go a no-decision after going 5 2/3 innings against the Red Sox, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts. ...Wilson made five starts against Seattle in 2010, tied for the most of any team (Angels) and was 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA, giving up 15 runs on 29 hits in 30 innings. The Mariners hit .259 against him.

Felix Hernandez (1-0, 2.00 ERA): The 24-year-old right-hander is coming off a complete game effort against Oakland on Opening Day. Hernandez gave up a home run in the first inning, but then retired 23 of the last 26 batters he faced and earned the victory. ...Hernandez won the AL Cy Young Award in 2010 despite a 13-12 record. He had a 2.27 ERA with 232 strikeouts in 34 starts and led the league in innings pitched, ERA and quality starts (30). ...It is worth noting that the team that hit him the most in 2010 was Texas. Hernandez was just 2-3 with a 4.28 ERA (highest vs. any team) in six starts against the Rangers. Texas batted .255 against him, the best of any team against the Mariners ace.

Hitters: Michael Young (.304, 21-for-69), Nelson Cruz (.306, 11-for-36) and Elvis Andrus (.323, 10-for-31) have hit Hernandez well. Cruz, in fact, has three career homers off him. ...Ian Kinsler (.174, 8-for-46), Josh Hamilton (.194, 6-for-31) and Julio Borbon (.190, 4-for-21) have struggled against Hernandez. ...Chone Figgins (.308, 8-for-26), Franklin Gutierrez (.385, 5-for-13) and Jack Cust (.375, 3-for-8) have had some success off Wilson. ...The lefty has kept Milton Bradley and Jack Wilson to a combined 2-for-14.

Upcoming matchups:

Thursday: Off
Friday: RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. LHP Zach Britton (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Matt Harrison (1-0, 1.29 ERA vs. Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sunday: LHP Derek Holland (1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. TBD
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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Elvis Andrus
.309 1 3 8
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 8
OPSS. Choo .796
WM. Perez 2
ERAY. Darvish 0.00
SOY. Darvish 15