Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Jeremy Hellickson
|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.
Hellickson (11-8, 5.04 ERA): Hellickson has had a down and then up season. ... He is 8-3 since the All-Star break, but still has a below average ERA of 4.67. ... Hellickson has pitched his best at home, with a 4.52 ERA at Tropicana Field. ...The Rays have won six of his last seven home starts and 11 of 14 for the season. ... Hellickson didn't get a decision Thursday against Boston, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings in an eventual 4-3 victory over the Red Sox. ... Hellickson allowed two home runs in that start, which should make for an interesting night with the Rangers not hitting a long ball in seven games. ... He has averaged 91.5 mph on his fastball after seven days in late August working in the minor leagues. ... Hellickson has never beaten the Rangers. ... He suffered a 5-4 loss to Texas on April 8, allowing three runs and two homers in five innings. ... A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back home runs off Hellickson in the start.
Hitters: Alex Rios is 3-for-7 with a home run and Moreland is 2-for-5 off Hellickson. Evan Longoria is 4-for-6 with a home run Matt Joyce is 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs against Ogando.
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