Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Max Scherzer
|Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux discusses the struggles of the pitching staff, how to handle Derek Holland and Yu Darvish and more. |
Scherzer (10-6, 4.72 ERA): Since the beginning of July, Scherzer is 3-1 with a 4.10 ERA six starts. He's pitched into the seventh inning in four of those. ... His last start was Aug. 5 vs. Cleveland and he gave up four runs on 10 hits in five innings. He had nine strikeouts, but combined with the hits, that drove up his pitch count and he was out of the game after 105 pitches. ... He's 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA in six starts (37 innings) against the Rangers in his career. ... His last start vs. Texas came in the 2011 ALCS, when he allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts in Game 2. He got a no-decision in the Tigers' loss (that was Nelson Cruz's walkoff grand slam game).
Hitters: Adrian Beltre is 4-for-11 in his career off Scherzer. ... Ian Kinsler is 4-for-13 with three RBIs. ... Elvis Andrus is 2-for-15 and Josh Hamilton is 2-for-12.
Sat vs. Det: LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 5.18) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (12-7, 2.51), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun vs. Det: RHP Yu Darvish (11-8, 4.57) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.65), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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