Matchup: Dan Haren vs. Derek Holland
July, 20, 2011
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Former Texas Rangers pitcher Charlie Hough attended Tuesday night's game. Hopefully, he'll be back at Angel Stadium tonight to watch LHP Derek Holland try to become the first Rangers pitcher to throw three consecutive shutouts since Hough had a club record three in a row in 1983. Holland has a tough assignment against Los Angeles Angles RHP Dan Haren.
Holland (8-4, 4.32 ERA): The 24-year-old is looking for a career-best ninth win as he's set to make his 20th start of the season. He's coming off his two best starts of the season with consecutive nine-inning shutouts following his worst outing in which he failed to get out of the first inning on July 2 against Florida. In his last start, a 5-0 win at Seattle last Thursday, Holland scattered five hits, walked one and struck out eight while throwing 118 pitches. Holland has three total shutouts this season (also June 4 at Cleveland) which matches Jim Umbarger (1976) and Paul Kilgas (1988) for most every by a Texas lefty in a single season.
Haren (10-6, 2.75 ERA): The righty lost his last start at Oakland on July to snap a four-game winning streak. He gave up four runs in the loss after allowing just two in his previous three starts combined. In his last start against the Rangers on May 14 in Arlington, Haren did not figure in the decision despite allowing just one earned run in 7 2/3 innings. In 15 career starts against Texas, Haren is 4-6 with a 3.40 ERA.
Hitters: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has Haren's number throughout their careers, batting .447 over 47 at-bats that includes 10 extra-base hits among his 21 hits. Beltre also has a team-high eight RBIs. Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton each have just five at-bats against Haren and both are hitting .400. ...Five Angels are hitting .300 or better against Holland, led by Alberto Callaspo (.556, 5-for-9). Torii Hunter is just 2-for-12 (.188) against the Rangers' lefty and Vernon Wells is 1-for-4 (.250).