Friday, April 20, 2012
Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Rick Porcello
By Richard Durrett
DETROIT -- The second game of this three-game series features LHP Matt Harrison against RHP Rick Porcello. The game starts at 6:05 p.m. CT and is on TXA21 and KSKY 660 AM. Here's a look at the matchup:
Rangers LHP Matt Harrison says the Rangers' bats were impressive against the Red Sox but doesn't want Colby Lewis' performance to go unnoticed.
Matt Harrison (2-0, 0.64 ERA): The 26-year-old is making his third start of the season and leads the AL in ERA at 0.64 (one earned run in 14 innings). ... In his last start, Harrison allowed just one run on seven hits in eight innings. That was his sixth consecutive regular-season win dating to last September. ... He has the second-highest winning percentage in club history (.627, 31-19) among pitchers with at least 400 innings. ... He has not fared well against the Tigers, going 1-4 with a 6.89 ERA in seven games (five starts) in his career against Detroit. He lost both of his regular-season starts against the Tigers in 2011. ... He faced the Tigers in the ALCS, getting a no-decision in Game 4 after allowing two runs on three hits with three walks in five innings.
Rick Porcello (1-0, 1.84 ERA): The 23-year-old is 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his first two starts of 2012, including a win over the Chicago White Sox. ... He's pitched at least seven innings in each start. ... Lefties are hitting just .192 off him this season (5-for-26). ... He made one start against the Rangers in 2011, allowing just one run on six hits in six innings in Arlington (he had a rough start in 2010 in Arlington, giving up six runs in four innings). ...He's never faced the Rangers in Detroit.
Sat at Det: RHP Neftali Feliz (1-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (1-1, 2.13), 12:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW
Sun at Det: RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 1.83) vs. LHP Drew Smyly (0-0, 0.90), 12:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW
Mon vs. NYY: LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 3.10) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 5.00), 6:08 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW/ESPN
Tue vs. NYY: RHP Yu Darvish (2-0, 3.57) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (1-2, 6.75), 7:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW
Wed vs. NYY: LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Ivan Nova (2-0, 4.15, tonight), 7:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW