Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Matchup: C.J. Wilson vs. Carl Pavano
By Randy Jennings
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Game 2 of the four-game series between the Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins (7:05 tonight at Rangers Ballpark) has LHP C.J. Wilson opposing RHP Carl Pavano. Here's a look at the matchup:
Wilson (10-4, 2.94 ERA): The 30-year-old All-Star pitched brilliantly in his last outing, a 1-0 loss to the Angels. ... Wilson absorbed a tough-luck defeat despite a complete-game two-hitter. The only run was unearned. ... He will be making his 22nd start of the season and is on a roll. Since May 25, Wilson has gone 6-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 11 starts. ... He‘s allowed only one home run in his last nine starts. ... He is in the top 10 in the American League in ERA (10th), strikeouts (sixth, 132), innings (sixth, 147) wins (tied for sixth) and winning percentage (.714, tied for sixth). ... Against Minnesota, Wilson is 2-3 with a 4.18 ERA in 21 career games. ... In four starts against the Twins, he is 2-2 with a 5.92 ERA. ... Wilson won his only start against Minnesota this season, allowing three runs and eight hits over seven innings in a 9-3 triumph at Target Field.
Pavano (6-7, 4.24 ERA): The 35-year-old from New Britain, Conn., is due to make his 21st start of the season. ... Since the All-Star break, Pavano is 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA in two starts and opponents are batting an even .300 against him. ... Away from Target Field, Pavano is 3-5 with a 5.07 ERA. ... His last win came on the road against the White Sox, a 6-2 triumph on July 7. ... In his last outing, he was touched up for nine hits and five runs in six innings of a 6-2 home loss to Detroit. ... Minnesota is 9-11 in games when he starts. ... He’s gone at least six innings in 15 starts and has 11 quality starts. ... Hitters in the final two spots in the opposing batting order are hitting .345 and .315, respectively, off him. ... Pavano will be facing the Rangers for the first time this season. ... He is 2-3 with a 6.62 ERA against Texas in six career starts.
Hitters: Ian Kinsler (6-for-12, two HR, six RBIs), Elvis Andrus (3-for-8) and Michael Young (6-for-17, HR) have had success off Pavano. ... Jason Kubel is 5-for-12 off Wilson and Danny Valencia is 2-for-5. Wilson has done a great job against Joe Mauer, who is 1-for-19 against him.