Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Matt Palmer
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON --The Rangers have Game 2 of their three-game series with the Angels on Tuesday night. The mound matchup features Colby Lewis vs. Matt Palmer:
Lewis (1-1, 5.25 ERA): This is Lewis' first start since April 9 at Baltimore. In that start, Lewis allowed five runs, four earned, over six innings in a loss. ... He was reinstated to the active roster on Monday after being on paternity leave following the birth of his daughter. ... Opponents are hitting .255 vs. Lewis with five extra-base hits. He is 3-2 with a 4.68 ERA in nine career starts vs. the Angels.
Palmer (0-0, 7.71 ERA): The Rangers are hittting .204 vs. him. ... Last year, he earned his only victory against the Rangers with five shutout innings. Palmer, a right-hander, walked two, gave up one hit and struck out one. ... In his last start, April 9, he lasted 4.2 innings and gave up five runs on 10 hits. The Angels did win the game, 6-5, over Toronto. ... When Scott Kazmir was placed on the DL, Palmer was moved to the back of the rotation.
Batters: Vernon Wells is 3-for-13 vs. Lewis. Howard Kendrick has four strikeouts in seven at-bats. ... Adrian Beltre is 3-for-8 with three RBIs vs. Palmer. Michael Young is 0-for-4 and David Murphy is 2-for-6.