Saturday, July 23, 2011
Matchup: Matt Harrison v. Carlos Villanueva
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The second game of this three-game series features LHP Matt Harrison against RHP Carlos Villanueva. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and 103.3 FM ESPN. Here's a quick look:
Harrison (8-7, 2.91 ERA): The 25-year-old lefty has settled in and has put up impressive numbers in his last 10 starts. He's sporting a 1.94 ERA over that span and the club has gone 7-3. ... Harrison has quality starts in eight of those outings, as well, and has pitched at least seven innings four times. ... Harrison has the same number of starts (nine) at home as on the road and his home ERA is a half-run higher. ... Righties are having a tougher time against him than lefties (.232 average as opposed to .287 for lefties). ... Harrison's lone start this season against the Blue Jays came April 26. He lasted just three innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits to take the loss. That inflated his career ERA vs. Toronto to 13.50.
Villanueva (5-2, 3.31 ERA): The 27-year-old is making his 11th start of the season and is coming off a loss to the Yankees on July 17, where he allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings. ... Villanueva is still looking for his first win of July after a couple of no-decisions earlier this month despite quality starts. He gave up no runs in six innings at Cleveland, but the Blue Jays lost 5-4. ... Villanueva has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts. ... He has not started against the Rangers but is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA in four relief appearances against them. He gave up no runs in 3 1/3 innings of long relief on April 27, a 7-6 Blue Jays loss in Arlington.
Hitters: The Rangers are 5-for-25 off Villanueva. Only Yorvit Torrealba (2-for-9, HR, 2B, three RBIs) has more than three at-bats against Villanueva. ... Current Blue Jays have an 11-for-32 (.344) career mark off Harrison. ... Jose Bautista is 2-for-4 with a double and Adam Lind is 2-for-5 with a homer. ... Rajai Davis is just 1-for-7 with three strikeouts in his career against Harrison.