Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Chris Archer
September, 18, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Rangers go for a second straight win against Tampa Bay with left-hander Derek Holland facing Rays right-hander Chris Archer on Tuesday night at 6:10 p.m. CT on ESPN, Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.
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Archer (9-7, 3.03): Archer is another in a long line of rising young star pitchers for the Rays. He was a fifth-round pick by Cleveland in 2006. ... Archer is 6-3 with a 2.84 ERA at Tropicana Field. ... He went six scoreless innings in his start Friday at Minnesota, racking up seven strikeouts while allowing three hits and walking none. ... The Rays are 11-1 in starts when Archer goes six or more innings and 1-7 when he doesn't make it through six. ... Archer has thrown a career-high 116 innings. ... He doesn't have a walk in six of his last 13 starts. ... Archer has faced the Rangers once, striking out 11 batters last September in a game Texas eventually won 4-2 in 10 innings.
Hitters: Evan Longoria (9-for-24, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs) and Delmon Young (6-for-15, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs) have had success against Holland. The current Rangers are batting .211 against Archer over 19 at-bats.