Mound Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Zack Greinke
The Texas Rangers send Yu Darvish to the mound tonight in the finale of their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at 9:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. Trade deadline acquisition Zack Greinke will take the mound for the Angels. A quick look at the matchup:
Darvish (15-9, 4.02 ERA): The 26-year-old right-hander has three consecutive starts with at least seven innings and three or fewer hits allowed, tying Nolan Ryan's club record (1990). Darvish is the first Ranger (and 25th major leaguer) since 1918 with at least 15 wins in his first 27 career games. ... He has the most strikeouts among major league rookies (205) and is the fourth-fastest pitcher to reach 200 career strikeouts. ... Has a 5.32 ERA in four starts against the Angels (2-1), though he has allowed only four earned runs in 13 1/3 innings at Angel Stadium. ... The Rangers are 18-9 in his starts.
Greinke (14-5, 3.56 ERA): Greinke has won four straight decisions. ... Has tossed at least seven innings in eight of his 10 starts with the Angels. ... Will be making his first appearance against the Rangers since 2010. ... Greinke has a 1.26 ERA (six earned runs in 43 innings) against Texas since 2007.
Hitters: Elvis Andrus is 3-for-8 with a double off Greinke. ... Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli have each homered once off Greinke, but haven't had much success otherwise. Kinsler is 3-for-18 (.167) with seven strikeouts; Napoli is 2-for-11 (.182). ... Josh Hamilton is hitless in 16 career at-bats against Greinke. ... Mike Trout is 4-for-11 (.364) with a home run off Darvish. ... Torii Hunter (3-for-11) and Albert Pujols (2-for-11) have also taken Darvish deep. ... Mark Trumbo (0-for-10), Kendrys Morales (0-for-8) and Howie Kendrick (0-for-6) have not fared well against Darvish.
Fri. at SEA: Martin Perez (1-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (6-5, 3.39 ERA), 9:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/TXA-21
Sat. at SEA: Matt Harrison (17-9, 3.26 ERA) vs. Blake Beavan (9-10, 4.88 ERA), 8:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/FSSW
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.