Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. C.J. Wilson
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Friday's first game of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels features Yu Darvish and C.J. Wilson. The game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on TXA21 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. A look at the matchup:
|Coop and Nate break down Friday's anticipated matchup between Yu Darvish and C.J. Wilson. |
Wilson (4-2, 2.61 ERA): The 31-year-old has six straight quality starts to begin the 2012 season. ... He gave up two runs on six hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in eight innings in a win over Toronto on Saturday. It was his longest outing of the season and the longest since Sept. 11, 2011. ... The former Ranger will be pitching against his old team for the first time. ... He has 39 strikeouts and 15 walks this season and opponents are batting .184 off him. ... In his career at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Wilson is 27-14 with 25 saves (he was a reliever before switching to the rotation prior to the 2010 season) in 172 games (38 starts) with a 3.89 ERA. But none of those 379 1/3 innings came as the visitor.
Hitters: Only four current Rangers have ever faced Wilson. Adrian Beltre is 7-for-19 with three doubles, a homer and three RBIs and Mike Napoli is 4-for-18 with a double and a homer. ... Josh Hamilton does have one at-bat off Wilson and he struck out. ... None of the Angels have faced Darvish.
Sat. vs. LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (4-2, 5.11) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (3-1, 3.38), 12:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun. vs. LAA: RHP Neftali Feliz (2-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (5-0, 1.60), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ESPN
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Ron Washington's decision to send Yu Darvish to the mound for the eighth inning Thursday night and how he would handle a situation like that if he were still a GM.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
Play Podcast Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Oakland for his weekly visit.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss his role with the Rangers. Ryan says that he has not been in contact with the Astros about a possible opening and he doesn't think that he would be interested anyway.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit and wastes no time sounding off on MLB umpire Angel Hernandez.
Play Podcast Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland joins GAC from Milwaukee to discuss what it was like facing former teammate Scott Feldman, Texas' upcoming series and more.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Milwaukee for his weekly visit and discusses Nick Tepesch, the Rangers' rotation, interleague play and more.