Sunday, May 16, 2010
Mound matchup: Lewis vs. Morrow
By Josh Davis
The Rangers and Blue Jays will conclude their three-game series Sunday in Toronto at 12:07 with RHP Colby Lewis starting against RHP Brandon Morrow. Here’s a brief look at the matchup:
Lewis (3-1, 3.15 ERA): The 30-year-old will be making his eighth start of the season Sunday, after starting the Rangers’ 13-inning loss to Oakland on Tuesday. In that game, Lewis pitched seven innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs, two of which came on a home run. The right hander has been better on the road than at home. He has a 2.84 ERA in away games (3.54 at home) and 31 strikeouts on the road (18 at home). Lewis has cooled off from a great April, with a 4.15 ERA in May. He’s pitched 13 innings this month and given up six earned runs. Overall, Lewis has pitched 45.2 innings this year, allowing 16 earned runs and four home runs as well as 17 walks against 49 strikeouts.
Morrow (2-3, 6.69 ERA): The 25-year old will be trying to put his last start behind him Sunday. Morrow lasted only 1.2 innings Monday, giving up three hits and six walks to allow six earned runs in a 7-6 loss to Boston. Morrow leads the American League in walks (26), but is also fifth in strikeouts (46).The right hander has had more control at home, where he has allowed only 5 walks. Morrow is 2-1 in the Rogers Centre with a 5.29 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.
Hitters: The only Blue Jays with more than two at bats against Lewis are Vernon Wells and Jose Molina. Wells is 3-9 with one home run, while Molina is 1-3 with an RBI. Several Rangers’ hitters have had a look at Morrow. Michael Young is 3-7 with a home run, three RBIs and a walk, and Vladimir Guerrero is 2-8 with two walks. Additionally, Ian Kinsler is 3-10 against the righty while David Murphy has the lowest batting average (.200) of the Rangers who have faced Morrow.
One other thing to watch (from ESPN Stats & Information): Nelson Cruz is slugging .974 (38-39) against fastballs this year compared to the league average (.458). Morrow has used his fastball for 65% of his total strikes this year.