Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Andy Pettitte
June, 26, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNDallas.com
The Texas Rangers will look to rebound Wednesday after dropping the series opener against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. Justin Grimm will face veteran Andy Pettitte at 6:05 p.m. CT.
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Pettitte (5-5, 4.20 ERA): After starting the season with a stretch of great outings, Pettitte has hit a rough patch lately. He's 1-3 in his last five starts and is 0-2 in his last two outings, giving up 20 hits spanning 13 2/3 innings in those games. ... In his last start, Pettitte gave up nine hits and five runs in a 6 2/3 innings as the Yankees fell to the Rays. ... Pettitte has struggled at Yankee Stadium this season as he's 1-3 with a 5.94 ERA in six starts. ... Pettitte has gone 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA in June, his highest ERA of any month. ... Pettitte is 11-9 with a 5.24 ERA in 23 career starts against the Rangers.
Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski has faced Pettitte 28 times and has a .321 career average against the veteran. David Murphy is the only Rangers hitter with a home run against the southpaw. Nelson Cruz (1-for-14) and Ian Kinsler (3-for-17) have struggled vs. Pettitte. Vernon Wells is the only Yankee that has faced Grimm and he struck out in the lone at-bat.