Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Jason Vargas
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers take on the Mariners in Game 2 of this three-game set at Rangers Ballpark. It's Scott Feldman taking on Jason Vargas.
Here's a breakdown:
Feldman (0-2, 4.66): Feldman looks for his first victory of the season as he makes his fourth start. Feldman, 29, moved into the rotation when Neftali Feliz was placed on the disabled list May 24. In Feldman's last start, also against the Mariners, he was knocked out after 4 1/3 innings when he gave up a grand slam to Alex Liddi. Feldman gave up a season-high five earned runs on just three hits. But the threw 73 pitches in the outing. Manager Ron Washington said Feldman isn't pitching for his spot on the rotation. Feldman is 3-4 in 10 career starts versus Seattle, with three consecutive losses.
Vargas (5-4, 3.39): He lost his last start, to the Los Angeles Angels, when he gave up three earned runs in seven innings of work. Vargas has lost two of his last three starts. He picked up his last win May 19 at Colorado, when he also went seven innings. In 13 career appearances against Texas, he's 3-5 with a 4.62 ERA. Vargas is making his 12th start of the season and has lost only once at Rangers Ballpark in his career.
Hitters vs. Feldman: Chone Figgins .229, Ichiro Suzuki .290 and Justin Smoak .400.
Hitters vs. Vargas: Elvis Andrus .208, Josh Hamilton .150 and Ian Kinsler .435.
Wed. vs. Sea.: LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.05) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (2-4, 4.38), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
Thu.: Off day
Fri. at LAA: RHP Colby Lewis (4-3, 3.58) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (5-2, 3.81), 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/Ch. 21
Sat. at LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (7-2, 3.25) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 2.77), 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW