Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Drew Smyly
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The second game of this three-game series between the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers features RHP Yu Darvish vs. LHP Drew Smyly. The two rookies will face off at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/FSSW/MLBN. A quick look at the matchup:
Darvish (9-4, 3.45): The 25-year-old ranks among the AL leaders in strikeouts per nine innings (second, 9.7), wins (tied for third, 9), strikeouts (fifth, 96) and opponent's average (10th, .234). ... His 96 strikeouts lead the Rangers and all AL rookies, and he has set the club record for wins by a rookie before the All-Star Break. ... He is tied for the most walks in the league with 49. ... He has been at his best in night games, posting a 2.91 ERA, 66 strikeouts and a 7-2 record through 58 2/3 innings pitched in nine starts. ... He won his last start in San Diego, striking out eight and tossing a career-high 122 pitches, giving him two consecutive wins and two consecutive eight-inning starts. ... He has quality starts in three of four outings in June. ... He won his previous start against Detroit (10-3) in April, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing two hits, one earned run and five walks while striking out five.
Smyly (2-2, 3.96): The 23-year-old will be making his first start since going on the 15-day disabled list with a finger injury June 14. ... He has regressed since starting the season with a 1.23 ERA in April, posting ERAs of 4.96 in May and 7.00 in June. ... He has a 3.89 ERA and 2-0 record in road games this season. ... He has a 3.38 ERA and 1.20 WHIP through 56 IP in 10 starts against the AL. ...He picked up a no decision in his previous start against Texas on April 22, allowing five hits, one earned run, two walks and seven strikeouts through six innings in a 3-2 Rangers win.
Hitters: Detroit hitters went 2-for-21 in their previous meeting with Darvish. ... Don Kelly went 1-for-3 with an RBI. ... Delmon Young went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. ... Smyly was slightly less dominant than Darvish, allowing five hits in 22 at-bats in his previous meeting with the Rangers. ... Josh Hamilton went 3-for-3 with a home run. ... Michael Young went 1-for-3. ... Alberto Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a double and a strikeout. ... Nelson Cruz went 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts. ... Mike Napoli went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Up next: Wed. vs. Det.: RHP Roy Oswalt (1-0, 1.35) vs. RHP Doug Fister (1-4, 2.72), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/ESPN.
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