Sunday, July 29, 2012
Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Gavin Floyd
By David Collier
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox will battle it out in the series finale of this three-game set Sunday night. The contest features RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Gavin Floyd at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Feldman (4-6, 5.37): The 29-year-old is making his 12th start and 18th appearance of the season. ... After losing his first six decisions, he has won his last four -- three as a starter and one in relief. ... He put together his best outing of the year Monday, throwing seven innings and giving up just one run on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts in the Rangers' 9-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. ... Became just the second Rangers starter to pitch at least seven innings with one run or less, no walks and at least five strikeouts since the beginning of the 2010 season (Derek Holland did it on Sept. 2, 2011 at Boston). ... Has allowed one walk or less in nine of his 11 starts this season. ... Is 2-2 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 career games -- six starts -- against the White Sox. ... Had a no-decision July 4 at Chicago in a 5-4 Rangers loss, giving up four runs on six hits in six innings.
Floyd (8-8, 4.46): The 29-year-old is slated to make his 19th start of the season. ... After having a stretch of six starts where he went 1-4 with a 10.38 ERA, he has turned things around by posting a 4-1 record and 1.67 ERA (six earned runs in 32 1/3 innings pitched) in his last five starts. ... Enters the series finale coming off a win against the Minnesota Twins on July 23 in which he allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over six innings of work. ... In that start, he surrendered a season-high six walks, which is the most since allowing seven free passes on April 13, 2009 at Detroit. ... Holds a 2-4 record and 4.97 ERA in seven career starts against the Rangers. ... Is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in five starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. ... He was handed a loss in his last start against Texas on April 8, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Hitters: Current Rangers are 35-for-135 (.259) against Floyd. ... Josh Hamilton is 8-for-13 (.615) with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. ... Adrian Beltre is 7-for-24 (.292) with a double, home run and four RBIs. ... Nelson Cruz is 1-for-12 (.083) with four strikeouts. ... Current White Sox are 30-for-115 (.261) against Feldman. ... Paul Konerko is 6-for-19 (.316) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs. ... Alex Rios is 9-for-26 (.346) with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. ... A.J. Pierzynski is 3-for-18 (.167) with a double and three strikeouts.
Mon vs. LAA: RHP Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (4-10, 6.00 ERA) 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW/ESPN
Tue vs. LAA: LHP Derek Holland (7-5, 4.74) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (13-1, 2.26 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Wed vs. LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (11-7, 4.05) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 4.59 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Thur vs. LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (12-5, 3.02) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88 ERA) 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW