Friday, June 1, 2012
Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Jerome Williams
By Richard Durrett
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The first game of this three-game series between the top-2 teams in the AL West features Colby Lewis and Jerome Williams at 9:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and TXA21. A quick look at the matchup:
ESPN LA's Mark Saxon previews this weekend's Rangers-Angels series and examines the AL West race.
Lewis (4-3, 3.58 ERA): The Bakersfield, Calif., native will make his 11th start of the season and was 1-3 with a 5.23 ERA in five May starts (after going 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in April). ... Took a no-decision in his last start, giving up four runs on 10 hits (matched his season high) in 5 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Saturday in his shortest start of the season. ... Has received three runs or fewer in eight of his 10 starts. ... He's 2-2 with a 4.29 ERA in five road starts in 2012. ... This is his first start against the Angels this season. He was 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts last year. ... Since re-joining the Rangers in 2010, Lewis is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA (20 innings) in three starts vs. LAA, all quality starts.
Williams (5-1, 3.81 ERA): He has quality starts in seven of his last eight outings. ... He was 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA in six May starts, including a victory in his last one. He allowed three runs on five hits in six innings at Seattle. ... The only time Williams didn't have a quality start in that span came against the Rangers in Arlington, when he gave up six runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings, though that wasn't technically a start. Williams came in for C.J. Wilson after the rain and wasn't able to match Yu Darvish.
Sat at LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (7-2, 3.25 ERA) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 2.77 ERA), 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun at LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (6-3, 4.41 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Haren (3-5, 3.52 ERA), 2:35 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW