Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Zack Greinke
Darvish (16-9, 3.90 ERA): The 26-year-old was scratched from his last start with neck stiffness but said after his bullpen Friday that he's ready to go. ... He got his 16th win, which leads all AL rookies, on Sept. 20 in Anaheim, allowing one run on four hits in eight innings with a walk and nine strikeouts. ... He has four consecutive starts of seven or more innings and four or fewer hits and is just the third pitcher to have a streak of that kind (Nolan Ryan and Gaylord Perry). ... Darvish has 12 games with nine or more strikeouts, second-most in the majors. And his 214 strikeouts are third-most in the AL. ... He has a career-high seven consecutive quality starts and is 5-1 with a 2.13 ERA in that span. Opponents are batting just .151 in those starts.
Greinke (15-5, 3.42 ERA): He's won his last five and six of his last seven decisions since going winless in eight straight. ... Greinke became the first pitcher since 1920 to record 13 strikeouts in a start of five innings or less in his win against Seattle on Sept. 25. ... This is his 14th career appearance and 12th start against Texas. .. He did not factor into a decision in his last start vs. the Rangers, allowing one run in eight innings on Sept. 20. Darvish was also starting that game and held the Angels down. ... Greinke is 2-3 with a 1.23 ERA in 51 innings against the Rangers since 2007. He's struck out 53 and walked just five.
Hitters: As a team, the Angels are hitting .174 against Darvish. ... Kendrys Morales is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts. ... Alberto Callaspo is 5-for-11 with three RBIs. ... Mike Trout is 4-for-14 with a homer and three RBIs. ... Geovany Soto is 3-for-7 off Greinke. ... Ian Kinsler (3-for-22) and Josh Hamilton (0-for-16) have struggled off him.
Mon at Oak: LHP Martin Perez (1-3, 5.03 ERA) vs. RHP Jarrod Parker (12-8, 3.44 ERA), 9:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Tue at Oak: LHP Matt Harrison (18-10, 3.26 ERA) vs. LHP Travis Blackley (5-4, 3.91 ERA), 9:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Wed at Oak: RHP Ryan Dempster (12-8. 3.18 ERA) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (7-1, 2.71 ERA), 2:37 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.