Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Dylan Axelrod
By Clint Foster
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers continue their road trip with the second game of this three-game series with the Chicago White Sox. Game 2 features RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Dylan Axelrod, with first pitch at 6:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Feldman (2-6, 6.13): The 29-year-old has won his last two starts after starting six straight losses, the longest season-opening streak since C.J. Wilson's 0-6 start in 2005. ... He has struggled on the road this season, going 1-3 with a 8.06 ERA in 22 1/3 innings pitched. ... He has had 13 runs of support in his last two victories, compared to a combined seven runs of support in his first seven starts. ... His 6.13 ERA is the fourth-highest in the AL among starters with at least nine starts. ... He has allowed seven unearned runs, tied for fifth-most in the AL. ... He is 2-2 with a 4.95 ERA in 11 career games (five starts) against the White Sox and is 2-1 with a 6.30 ERA in five games (two starts) at U.S. Cellular Field.
Axelrod (0-1, 4.50): The 26-year-old has appeared in five games for the White Sox this year, starting in his last three and getting no decisions in his last two starts. ... Axelrod has pitched only 20 innings this season, allowing 21 hits, 10 earned runs, three home runs, six walks and 13 strikeouts. ... He has a 6.23 ERA through 8 2/3 innings of work at home. ... He has posted a 3.17 ERA in four games against the AL this season, pitching 14 2/3 innings and allowing 15 hits, five earned runs, six walks and 10 strikeouts. ... He has never faced the Rangers.
Hitters: White Sox hitters are batting .261 (24-for-92) against Feldman. ... Paul Konerko is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two doubles, two home runs, two walks and a strikeout, and Alex Rios is batting .304 (7-for-23) with a double, two home runs, a walk and a strikeout against Feldman. ... A.J. Pierzynski is hitting .188 (3-for-16) with a double and a strikeout. ... Alexei Ramirez 2-for-13 with one home run, two walks and four strikeouts against Feldman. ... Kevin Youkilis is 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts. ... No current Rangers hitters have faced Axelrod.
Up next: Thu. at CWS: LHP Matt Harrison (11-3, 3.16) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 2.19), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW