Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Jered Weaver

August, 18, 2011
8/18/11
2:00
PM CT
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The final game of this four-game series between the top two teams in the AL West features RHP Colby Lewis against RHP Jered Weaver. The game starts at 9:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN 103.3 FM. A look:

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Lewis (11-8, 4.01 ERA): His last start was a victory in Oakland against the A's. He lasted 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. ...Has combined to allow four runs on eight hits in his last two starts and is 6-1 with a 2.96 ERA in his last 11 starts since June 17. ...Opponents have batted just .205 off him in that same span. ...Lewis is 3-3 with a 4.94 ERA in 10 career games against the Angels, including 3-3 with a 4.67 ERA in eight starts. ...His lone start of 2011 was a loss as the Angels beat Texas 15-4 on April 19 in Arlington. Lewis gave up four runs on five hits in five innings. ...He has a road ERA of 2.95, which is more than two runs lower than his home ERA (5.15). ...Lewis has given up 28 homers, tops in the AL.

Weaver (14-6, 2.13 ERA): He's coming off his worst start of the season, allowing eight runs on eight hits, including three homers in 4 2/3 innings in an 11-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. ...It was the first time all season Weaver didn't go at least six innings. ...He had a complete-game gem against the Rangers in April, allowing one run on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. ...Texas got him for four runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings in May and Weaver got the loss in that outing. ...Weaver has lost two of his last three outings after posting wins in his last eight straight decisions before that. ...He got a no-decision on Aug. 5 against Seattle despite pitching nine shutout innings (his team won 1-0 after he left).

Hitters: The Rangers are batting .237 as a team off Weaver. ...Elvis Andrus (14-for-39) and Mitch Moreland (5-for-17) have had success against him and Nelson Cruz (10-for-42), Ian Kinsler (12-for-55) and David Murphy (5-for-31) have not. ...The Angels are hitting just .208 against Lewis. ...Vernon Wells is 3-for-15 and Torii Hunter is 2-for-11 off Lewis.

Upcoming games:

Friday at CWS: LHP Matt Harrison (10-8, 3.19) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (5-5, 4.69), 7:10 p.m., 103.3/1540/TXA21
Saturday at CWS: RHP Alexi Ogando (12-5, 3.33) vs. LHP John Danks (5-9, 3.95), 6:10 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW
Sunday at CWS: LHP Derek Holland (11-4, 4.23) vs. TBA, 1:10 p.m., 103.3/1540/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

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.323 15 58 57
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 58
RA. Beltre 57
OPSA. Beltre .883
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167