Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Rick Porcello
By Travis L. Brown
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are hopeful that Matt Harrison will be able to make his scheduled start (he's suffering with a kidney stone) in the second game of a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers today. Here’s a look at the matchup featuring Harrison and Detroit’s Rick Porcello:
Harrison (5-4, 2.26 ERA): Harrison threw a bullpen session Sunday and felt no pain from the kidney stone he was diagnosed with over the weekend in Cleveland. ... He has begun to turn things around since suffering a stretch of five straight losses through April and May, winning his last two starts while allowing no earned runs. ... In his last start against Kansas City, he went six innings, giving up five hits, striking out one and walking one. The Rangers' bats put up all 10 of their runs in the blowout in the first six innings, allowing Harrison to pitch with a comfortable lead through his entire outing. ... Harrison is well-rested since his last start May 28, missing a scheduled start Thursday in Cleveland due to a blister. ... He has thrown 16.1 consecutive scoreless innings. ... Over his last four starts, he has reduced his season ERA to 3.26 from 4.59 with an opponents batting average of .187 and has allowed just two extra-base hits -- home runs to Curtis Granderson of New York and Brent Morel of the White Sox. ... If Harrison can’t go, Dave Bush will get the nod from Ron Washington.
Porcello (5-3, 3.79 ERA): The 22-year-old is making his 11th start of a season that’s seen him string together at least a couple of wins between losses after he began the season dropping his first two starts. ... He put together three wins in the beginning of May before losing May 27 vs. Boston, when he allowed six runs on six hits, walking two and striking out three. ... His last start was a 4-2 win over Minnesota where he allowed two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking three. ... The majority of Porcello’s innings have come on the road, and he has a 2.39 ERA outside of Detroit.
Hitters: No Ranger hitter has seen Porcello more than four times, but every Ranger -- save Elvis Andrus -- who has seen his stuff has hit it at least once. ... Michael Young is a perfect 2-for-2 against Porcello with three RBIs. ... Detroit has a .452 average against Harrison, led by Ryan Raburn, who is 5-for-7 with two home runs and five RBIs. ... Miguel Cabrera is 4-for-10 against Harrison with two RBIs.
Wednesday vs. Detroit: RHP Alexi Ogando (6-0, 2.20) vs. LHP Phil Coke (1-5, 3.81), 7:05 p.m. 103.3/FSSW