Thursday, June 30, 2011
Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Wandy Rodriguez
By Calvin Watkins
HOUSTON -- With the Rangers taking the Silver Boot home for at least another year, the club will try to complete the sweep of the Astros by sending Matt Harrison against Wandy Rodriguez. Here's some insight.
Harrison (6-6, 3.00): He's 1-1 with a 1.63 ERA in his last four road games. ... In his last start, June 24, he ended a two-losing streak with a victory over the New York Mets. Harrison allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work. ... This is Harrison's first start at Minute Maid Park. ... In his only start against Houston, June 17, 2009, Harrison picked up a no-decision. Yet, the Rangers won, 5-4. ... He's got a 2.23 ERA on the road in which opponents are hitting .207 against him.
Rodriguez (5-4, 3.21): The Astros have won six of his last eight starts, but he sufferd a loss in his last outing, last Friday, when he gave up five runs on six hits in six innings of work. That outing also snapped a 14-inning scoreless streak for him. ... In June, Rodriguez is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA. ... He's struck out Yorvit Torrealba nine times in his career. ... Ian Kinsler has had success vs. Rodriguez with nine hits in 13 at bats. ... Spent part of April on the DL with fluid in the left elbow joint.