Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Mound matchup: Wilson vs. Snell
By Josh Davis
ARLINGTON, Texas--The Rangers host the Mariners for game three of a four game stretch Wednesday night. LHP C.J. Wilson takes the mound for the Rangers, while the Mariners will counter with RHP Ian Snell at 7:05 p.m. Here's a brief look at the matchup:
Wilson (4-3, 3.63 ERA): The 29-year-old has been ice cold lately after opening the year with a great April. Wilson had a 4.62 ERA in May, and has a 5.40 mark so far in June, although that was just his last start. Wilson lasted only five innings into the Rangers' win 9-6 win versus Tampa Bay. The lefty allowed six hits and five runs while he was in, but only three of those runs were earned. Wilson did get the win, he first winning decision since May 7 vs. Kansas City. Wilson has started one game against the Mariners this year, which he did not get a decision despite pitching seven innings of five-hit, one run ball, for a 1.29 ERA.
Snell (0-4, 4.64 ERA): The 28-year-old has struggled all year, but his outing against the Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington earlier this year was hits worst. Snell lasted only three innings, giving up eight hits and five runs, four earned. In his last start the Mariners lost 7-1 to the Angels. In that game, Snell lasted 5.1 innings giving up just three hits, but three earned runs and four walks to no strikeouts. Snell's best start this year came in his first. He went six innings giving up only four hits and one run at Oakland in a 2-1 loss.
Hitters: Jose Lopez (7-13), Chone Figgins (4-14) and Franklin Gutierrez (2-4) have has success against Wilson. Casey Kotchman (0-8) has not. Vlad Guerrero (4-7), Julio Borbon (3-4) and Elvis Andrus (2-3) have been good against Snell. Ian Kinsler (0-6) has struggled.