Matchup: Matt Garza vs. Jeremy Guthrie
Garza (9-6, 4.06 ERA): Garza has lost four straight decisions, the latest a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday He goes for his 10th win for the fifth time this season His four straight losing decisions is a career high Garza has failed to complete five innings in consecutive starts for the the third time in his career, with the other two times also coming in September Garza is 2-5 with a 5.72 ERA since Aug. 3 That's the fourth-highest ERA in the American League in that span The Rangers are 6-5 in his starts Run support hasn't been Garza's best friend, as he's had two runs or fewer scored for him in eight of 11 starts He is 1-5 with a 3.83 ERA for eight career starts against the Royals,but hasn't faced them since 2010 Garza is 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA at Kauffman Stadium.
Guthrie (14-11, 4.08): Guthrie is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in September He has a career losing record of 69-88 and a 4.25 ERA Guthrie lost his last start, allowing 13 hits, two home runs and three runs in eight innings of a 3-2 loss to Detroit Opponents are batting .289 against him He is 9-4 with a 4.37 ERA at home Guthrie is 4-3 with a 3.77 ERA for his career against the Rangers.
Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski (13-for-36, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) and Ian Kinsler (10-for-29, 2 2B, RBI) have had success against Guthrie. Alex Rios has two homers against him. Billy Butler is 8-for-20 with an RBI against Garza.
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