Thursday, October 27, 2011
Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Jaime Garcia
By Richard Durrett
ST. LOUIS -- Game 6 of the World Series features RHP Colby Lewis of the Rangers against LHP Jaime Garcia in Busch Stadium. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. on Fox and ESPN 103.3 FM. Here's a quick look at the matchup:
Lewis (1-1, 2.95 ERA): The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA in the postseason this year in three starts (18 1/3 innings). ... He has two quality starts in the 2011 playoffs, including Game 2 of the World Series. Lewis allowed one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts, but got a no-decision as he exited after 6 2/3 innings down 1-0. The Rangers came back with two runs in the top of the ninth to win. ... Lewis' other quality start was against Tampa Bay (one run on one hit in six innings in a 4-3 win). ... Lewis' postseason success dates back to last year. He was 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four starts in 2010 and pitched the clinching Game 6 of the ALCS over the Yankees.
Garcia (0-2, 3.97 ERA): He pitched well in Game 2 of the World Series, holding the Rangers' lineup to no runs on three hits in seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. ... In the postseason, Garcia is 0-2 with a 3.97 ERA in four starts. He has 18 strikeouts and six walks. ... Posted career highs in innings (194 2/3), strikeouts (156), games started (32) and tied his high for wins (13). ... Has allowed only 11 extra-base hits to left-handed hitters this season and just two home runs. ... Was first in the NL in run support average at 5.92 (seventh in MLB). ... Tied for third in NL in double plays (25). ... Had a home mark of 9-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 15 starts.
Hitters: Lance Berkman (2-for-15) has struggled off Lewis. ... Corey Patterson (4-for-8, HR, 4 RBIs) has had some success. ... Garcia had only faced two Rangers batters before his last start. Only Adrian Beltre, Matt Treanor, Michael Young and Ian Kinsler have hits off him and all of them have four at-bats or fewer.