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Friday, May 18, 2012
Matchup: Neftali Feliz vs. Wandy Rodriguez

By Tim MacMahon



The Silver Boot series opens with Rangers righty Neftali Feliz facing Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez. A look at the matchup:

Feliz (3-1, 3.32): Feliz is 2-0 with three earned runs allowed in 12 innings in his last two starts, bouncing back after allowing season highs in walks (six) and runs (four) in a May 1 loss in Toronto. Feliz is holding opponents to a .188 batting average, the second lowest among American League starters. He has been especially tough against left-handed hitters, who are 11-for-72 (.153) against him. He is 0-1 with three saves and a 6.00 ERA in six relief appearances against the Astros, but five of those appearances were scoreless.

Rodriguez (3-3, 1.99): Rodriguez is sixth in the National League in ERA and tied for seventh in WHIP (0.99). Opponents are hitting only .205 against him, although Rodriguez has allowed 13 doubles. He has allowed one or no runs in five of his eight starts and is coming off one of his best starts of the season. Rodriguez struck out a season-high seven while allowing one run on three hits and a walk in eight innings against the Pirates but got a no-decision after the bullpen blew the save. He is 4-2 with a 5.13 in six career starts against the Rangers.

Hitters: Ian Kinsler has owned Rodriguez. Kinsler is 9-for-15 with three doubles, two homers and four RBIs against Rodriguez. David Murphy is 3-for-7 with a triple and a homer against the lefty. Yorvit Torrealba is 0-for-10 with three strikeouts against Rodriguez. … No Houston player has more than three at-bats against Feliz. The current Astros are 3-for-13 with five strikeouts against him, but all of the hits were for extra bases. Matt Downs is 1-for-2 with a two-run homer, Chris Johnson is 1-for-2 with a double and Carlos Lee is 1-for-2 with a double.

Up next:
Sat. at Hou.: LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 3.78) vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (2-3, 4.40), 6:15 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FOX
Sun. at Hou.: RHP Colby Lewis (3-3, 3.63) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (0-0, 3.00), 1:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW