Sunday, August 14, 2011
Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Rich Harden
The Rangers will go for the sweep of the A's on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. Matt Harrison faces former teammate Rich Harden at 3:05 p.m. CT. A quick look:
Harrison (10-8, 3.06 ERA): The lefty went seven innings in his last outing, a 9-2 win over Seattle. He allowed just two hits over his last four innings after throwing 31 pitches in the third. ... He is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA against the A's this season. ... In seven 2011 day starts, Harrison is 4-2 with a 1.61 ERA. He will be making his third start of the month after going 3-0 with a 2.04 ERA in July. ... Harrison is the major league leader in number of induced ground-ball double plays with 28.
Harden (3-2, 4.07 ERA): In his last appearance, Harden pitched seven innings in a 4-1 win over Toronto, his first career victory against the Blue Jays. However, he is 0-1 with a 9-0 ERA in his only start this season against the Rangers, a 6-0 loss to his former team on July 7. That game at Rangers Ballpark was marred by tragedy when Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone fell from the stands trying to grab a ball tossed by Josh Hamilton and later died. ... Harden is is 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA in three day games.
Hitters: The Rangers have a .303 career average against Harden. Michael Young has 33 at-bats against him and is batting .273. Ian Kinsler has four hits in six at-bats against Harden. ... The A's Coco Crisp is hitting .545 with four RBIs against Harrison, and Kurt Suzuki is averaging .455. Both have 11 career at-bats against him.