Thursday, September 6, 2012
Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Luke Hochevar
By Robert Falkoff / Special to ESPNDallas.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Texas Rangers conclude their four-game series with the Kansas City Royals tonight at Kauffman Stadium. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. Here’s a look at the pitching matchup featuring RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Luke Hochevar:
Feldman (6-11, 5.01 ERA): He is scheduled to make his 200th career appearance and 99th career start. He will be trying to snap a drought in which he has lost in his last five starts. Feldman hopes that September will be as productive for him as July. He was the Rangers’ Player of the Month for July when he went 3-0 with a 1.96 earned run average. ... Feldman defeated the Royals 4-2 on Aug. 4 for his sixth straight win, but hasn’t been able to break through in the victory column since. In that outing against the Royals, he went 7 2/3 innings and allowed six hits and two runs.
Hochevar (7-13, 5.34 ERA): He is coming off the shortest stint of his career last Saturday against Minnesota. Hochevar lasted just 1 2/3 innnings after allowing a three-run homer by Chris Parmelee in the first and a grand slam by Joe Mauer in the second. Prior to that disappointment, Hochevar had turned in three starts of at least seven innings. He worked eight shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay on Aug. 21. ... Hochevar is 2-0 with a 2.78 ERA in five career starts against Texas.
Hitters: Michael Young is 5-of-10 lifetime against Hochevar and Adrian Beltre is 5-of-13. ... Hochevar has limited Josh Hamilton to a 2-of-11 plate performance. ... Billy Butler is 5-of-21 against Feldman with a homer, and Alex Gordon is 4-of-12.
Fri. at TB: LHP Derek Holland (10-6, 4.79 ERA) vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.41 ERA), 6:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. at TB: RHP Yu Darvish (14-9, 4.29 ERA) vs. LHP David Price (17-5, 2.54 ERA), 6:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun. at TB: LHP Matt Harrison (15-9, 3.37 ERA) vs. RHP James Shields (3-8, 3.88 ERA), 12:40 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW