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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Matchup: C.J. Wilson vs. Brandon McCarthy

By Richard Durrett



OAKLAND, Calif. -- The second game of this three-game series features lefty C.J. Wilson and right-hander Brandon McCarthy. The game starts at 9:11 p.m. Dallas time on FSSW and ESPN 103.3 FM. Here's a quick look at the matchup:

Wilson (16-7, 2.97 ERA): He's allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts since early August, going 6-2 with a 1.93 ERA in that span. ...Opponents are batting just .208 with 16 walks and 61 strikeouts in that time. ...He has four straight starts of six or more innings while allowing two or fewer runs, his second such streak in 2011. The only other AL pitchers with multiple streak at least that long: Ricky Romero (3), Max Scherzer, Jered Weaver, James Shields and Gio Gonzalez (2). ...Wilson lost 4-0 at Seattle on Friday, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. ...His 2.31 ERA (29 earned runs in 113 innings) on the road is the lowest in the AL and third-lowest in the majors. ...He is 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA (12 ER/35.0 IP) in five starts against the A's this season, having won three straight with a 2.14 ERA (5 ER/21.0 IP) in those games. ...He is 1-1 in two starts in Oakland despite two quality starts and a 2.08 ERA in 2011. ...Is seeking his 17th win. He would become the third Rangers pitcher since 2000 to do that (Kenny Rogers, 18 in 2004 and Scott Feldman, 17 in 2009).

McCarthy (9-8, 3.35 ERA): The former Ranger is 3-2 with a 2.15 ERA in his last five starts. Opponents are batting .196 in that span. ...He is 8-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break after going 1-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 starts before the break. ...McCarthy is tied for second in the AL in wins since the break. ...He won his last start, a 6-1 victory over the Tigers last Thursday, giving up one run on five hits in seven innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. ...Is 1-4 with a 4.58 ERA in eight career appearances (six starts) versus Texas, including 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA (12 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings) in four starts this year.

Hitters: The A's are batting just .185 as a team against Wilson. ...Hideki Matsui (2-for-15, 2 BB, 6 K), David DeJesus (2-for-17) and Kurt Suzuki (1-for-17) have particularly struggled against him. ...Josh Willingham (7-for-15, 3 2B, HR, 5 RBIs) is hitting better than any of his teammates with more than two at-bats against Wilson. ...Adrian Beltre is 8-for-23 with 2 HRs and 8 RBIs. ...Michael Young is 5-for-16 and Elvis Andrus 3-for-10 off McCarthy. ...Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli are a combined 4-for-24 with no homers off him.

Upcoming matchups:

Thur. at Oak: RHP Colby Lewis (13-10, 4.45) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (11-14, 4.31), 2:37 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW