ARLINGTON, Texas -- Another postseason game, another lefty takes the mound for the Texas Rangers. Derek Holland will make his fourth start of the postseason and his first in the World Series. He moved down in rotation from the second spot in the ALDS and ALCS to the fourth spot, meaning this could be his only World Series start. He'll go against St. Louis Cardinals RHP Edwin Jackson, an old foe from the American League with Tampa Bay, Detroit and the Chicago White Sox before joining the Cardinals during this season.
First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Fox and 103.3 FM ESPN. Here's a closer look at today's matchup:
Jackson (1-0, 5.84 ERA in postseason): The last time Jackson saw the Rangers he was wearing a White Sox uniform and didn't last long. Back on April 16, Texas tagged him for four runs on 11 hits and three walks. Jackson did strike out six. With the White Sox, he was 7-7 with 3.92 ERA in 19 starts. After joining the Cards, Jackson went 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts. He had 51 strikeouts and 23 walks. AL hitters batted .300 against him in the regular season. That's remained steady in the postseason, where Jackson has allwoed a .314 batting average and four homers in 12 1/3 innings.
Holland (1-0, 5.27 ERA): Even when staked to a 9-2 lead through three innings of Game 6 of the ALCS, Holland couldn't figure out a way to stay in the game. He gave up a two-run homer in the fifth inning and his night was over after 4 2/3 innings. He also has a start of 2 2/3 innings, and his longest outing of the postseason came back in Game 2 of the ALDS when he pitched a full five innings. His big issue is that he has just one more strikeout (seven) than walks (six), which has meant high pitch counts. He threw 145 pitches combined in his two ALCS starts totaling 7 1/3 innings and has served up five home runs in a total of 13 2/3 innings after giving up, on average, one per nine innings during the regular season.
Hitting: No Cardinals on the World Series roster have faced Holland. That's not the case on the other side. The Rangers are well acquainted with Jackson. Michael Young and Adrian Beltre were both 2-for-3 off him just this season when Jackson pitched for the White Sox. Young doubled and both drove in a run. Beltre is a career .429 hitter against him. Ian Kinsler has a pair of homers in his career and a .333 average, Nelson Cruz is 5-for-12 with a double and David Murphy is 4-for-8 with a double. Endy Chavez is 4-for-7 in his career with a couple doubles. Young also has a pair of doubles and a .273 career average.