Matchup: Derek Holland vs. J.A. Happ

June, 20, 2011
6/20/11
1:00
PM CT
The Rangers return home today to face the Astros and Mets for six games in seven days (off day is Thursday). Tonight's matchup features lefties Derek Holland and J.A. Happ. A quick look:

Holland (5-2, 4.78 ERA): The 24-year-old iPad video game addict will try to bounce back after a rough outing against the Yankees in New York on Wednesday. Holland gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings. Five walks certainly hurt and, surprisingly, he had no strikeouts. It was just the second time in 45 career starts (the other a one-inning, injury-shortened outing) that he didn't have a K. ... He has given up eight homers in his last five starts after allowing just four in his first nine. ... Since tossing his complete-game shutout in Cleveland on June 4, he's allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts. ... He's 2-0 with a 6.68 ERA in six starts in Arlington this season. Opponenets are hitting .317 against him at home. ... This is his second start against the Astros. His first major league start came against Houston after then-Ranger Vicente Padilla went on the DL on May 22, 2009. Holland gave up three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Happ (3-8, 4.95 ERA): He had a no-decision in his last outing, giving up two earned runs on six hits in five innings with seven strikeouts. ... Happ has allowed three runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 starts. ... He's rebounded from a rough start. Happ had a 6.23 ERA in his first six starts but has a 3.97 ERA in his last eight. ... Happ has never faced the Rangers. He is 1-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four starts vs. the AL, which includes a complete-game shutout (a 10-0 win over Toronto in June 2009).

Hitters: Current Astros are 3-for-13 against Holland. ... Michael Bourn has two of those hits (2-for-3). ... Happ has faced two current Rangers: Yorvit Torrealba (0-for-3) and Endy Chavez (0-for-2).

Upcoming matchups:

Tuesday vs. Hou: LHP C.J. Wilson (7-3, 3.03) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (0-2, 4.30), 7:05 p.m., 103.3 FM ESPN/FSSW
Wednesday vs. Hou: RHP Colby Lewis (6-7, 4.80) vs. RHP Brett Myers (3-6, 4.75), 7:05 p.m., 103.3 FM ESPN/FSSW
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com 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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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.92 159 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .325
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 54
RE. Andrus 53
OPSA. Beltre .881
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159