Friday, April 6, 2012
Mound Matchup: Colby Lewis-John Danks
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Each day, as we have for the past two seasons here on ESPN Dallas, we'll give you just a brief look at the pitching matchups. Here's some information on the two Opening Day hurlers for the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox:
Colby Lewis: The 32-year-old makes his first Opening Day start after being a solid, veteran anchor the past two seasons. Lewis has pitched at least 200 innings in each of the past two seasons and has been the club's top postseason starter (4-1, 2.34 ERA in eight playoff starts). ...Lewis is the 23rd different Opening Day starter in club history. ...He's 2-3 with a 5.93 ERA in eight career games (41 innings) against the White Sox, including a 2-3 mark and a 6.16 ERA in six starts. ...He had just one start against Chicago last season and pitched a five-hit, complete-game shutout at U.S. Cellular Field on May 16. ...He was 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in four Cactus League starts.
John Danks: The former Ranger (and Austin native) says he'll have plenty of fans at the park on Friday. ...He was 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA in 27 starts in 2011. He has made at least 26 starts in all five of his seasons in Chicago and won 15 games in 2010. ...Danks is 1-4 with a 3.81 ERA in eight starts (52 innings) in his career against Texas. He's got a 4.68 ERA in Arlington. ...In three starts in 2011 against the Rangers, Danks was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He allowed four home runs in those 21 innings.
Hitters: 2B Ian Kinsler has had plenty of success off Danks, hitting .360 (9-for-25) with three homers and five RBIs. ...RF Nelson Cruz (6-for-17) and CF Josh Hamilton (5-for-14) have also had success against Danks. ... C A.J. Pierzynski is 5-for-15 off Lewis. ...Paul Konerko is just 3-for-19 against him.
Saturday vs. CWS (7:05 p.m., FSSW): LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Jake Peavy
Sunday vs. CWS (7:05 p.m., ESPN): LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Gavin Floyd
Monday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Yu Darvish vs. RHP Hector Noesi
Tuesday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Neftali Feliz vs. RHP Blake Beavan
Wednesday vs. SEA (7:05 p.m., FSSW): RHP Colby Lewis vs. RHP Kevin Millwood
Thursday vs. SEA (1:05 p.m., FSSW): LHP Derek Holland vs. LHP Jason Vargas
NOTE: All games are on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and we will be chatting live on ESPN Dallas as well.