Sunday, May 9, 2010
Mound matchup: Hochevar vs. Feldman
By Jeff Caplan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kansas City Royals RHP Luke Hochevar squares off against Texas Rangers RHP Scott Feldman in today's 2:05 p.m. finale of the four-game weekend series. A look at the matchup:
Hochevar (3-1, 5.03 ERA): All four of Hochevar's decisions this season have come on the road and the last two show how erratic he can be. He earned a win in his last start, a 7-2 decision at the Chicago White Sox, working 6.0 innings and allowing one uneraned run on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. His previous start was a clunker at Tampa Bay in which he allowed a career-high nine earned runs on 11 hits over 2 2/3 innings, rocketing his ERA from 3.55 to 6.11. This will be his second career start against the Rangers and the first in Arlington. He was a 6-3 winner over Texas last July 25 at Kauffman Stadium, working 7.0 innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits with no walks and a career-high 13 strikeouts.
Feldman (1-3, 5.45 ERA): Control is Feldman's big issue heading into the weekend finale. he's issued 11 walks over his past three starts after walking just three batters over his first three starts. Feldman allowed seven earned runs in just seven innings in his last start, just the fifth time in the last 15 seasons a Rangers starter has done that. But, he retired the final 12 batters he faced. He is winless in his last four decisions, matching his longest winless drought from his banner 2009 season (June 8-25). The Royals might be his tonic. Feldman is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his two career starts against Kansas City. He threw eight shutout innings in his lone start last season at Kansas City, defeating Royals ace Zack Greinke, who allowed one run over seven innings.
Hitters: Royals lead-off hitter David DeJesus is reallythe lone batsman with any track record against Feldman with five hits in seven at-bats and three RBIs. Only Yuniesky Betancourt (.286, 4-of-14) and light-hitting Chris Getz have averages better than .200 against Feldman. Michael Young is the lone Rangers batter available for Sunday's game who got a hit of Hochevar in last season's meeting. Nelson Cruz had a hit, but he's injured and awaiting a rehab assignment.