Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Jered Weaver
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels will battle it out in the second game of a four-game series Tuesday night. The matchup features LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Jered Weaver at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Holland (7-5, 4.74): The 25-year-old will make his 16th start and 17th appearance of the season. ... It will be his fifth start since making his return from the disabled list July 7. ... In his previous four starts, he is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA with quality starts in three of those four outings. ... He is third on the team in wins and fourth in strikeouts with 74, despite his one month stint on the DL. ... Had a successful start in his last outing, giving up three runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings in the Rangers' 5-3 win last Wednesday against Boston. ... He has four career starts in Arlington against the Angels, going 2-1 with a 4.56 ERA. ... Holds a 5-4 record and 5.27 ERA in 13 games -- 10 starts -- against the Angels in his career. ... Lost his lone start against Angels this season, giving up six runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings July 20 in Anaheim.
Weaver (13-1, 2.26): The 29-year-old is making his 19th start of the season. ... He has won seven straight starts, which matches a career-best that he set in his rookie season (2006). ... Holds the lowest ERA in the league and is second in wins. ... Angels are 15-3 when he pitches. ... Gave up two runs on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in five innings in his last start July 25 against the Kansas City Royals. ... It will be is 28th start of his career against Texas. ... In his three starts against the Rangers this season, he is 1-1 with a 7.84 ERA. ... Holds a 10-7 lifetime record and 3.67 ERA against the Rangers, including two complete games.
Hitters: Current Rangers are 117-for-459 (.255) against Weaver. ... Elvis Andrus is 22-for-51 (.431) with a four doubles, a triple, two home runs and five RBIs. ... Josh Hamilton is 10-for-40 (.250) with six doubles, a home run and five RBIs. ... Nelson Cruz is 12-for-53 (.226) with two doubles, a home run, five RBIs and 16 strikeouts. ... Current Angels are 56-for-184 (.304) against Holland. ... Howie Kendrick is 8-for-28 (.286) with five doubles, a home run and seven RBIs. ... Torii Hunter is 6-for-24 (.250) with two home runs and four RBIs.
Wed vs. LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (11-7, 4.05) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 4.59 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Thur vs. LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
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