Saturday, September 8, 2012
Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Chris Archer
By Richard Durrett
The second game of this three-game set between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays features RHP Yu Darvish against RHP Chris Archer. The game is at 6:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A look at the matchup:
Archer (0-2, 3.86 ERA): The right-hander, who takes the place of David Price and his sore shoulder, has spent most of 2012 at Triple-A Durham in 2012 going 7-9 with a 3.66 ERA in 25 starts. ... He did make his big league debut in June, making two starts before going back down to the minors. ... He allowed one earned run on three hits in six innings against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals on June 20, but got the loss. ... He gave up four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals six days later. ... He's pitched 128 innings in the minors this season. ... Opponents in Triple-A batted .218 against him and he had 139 strikeouts and 62 walks this season. ... He turns 24 in a few weeks and his last start came on Sept. 2. He went six innings and gave up one run on two hits with five strikeouts and one walk in a no-decision.
Darvish (14-9, 4.29 ERA): He's one of just six rookies in the last seven seasons with at least 14 wins (Justin Verlander leads the way with 17 in 2006), and the 14 wins are a Rangers rookie record. ... Darvish earned that latest win on Monday in Kansas City, allowing three runs on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings. ... Darvish had a perfect game through 5 2/3 innings before allowing a walk and three straight hits in the sixth. ... He has a quality start in each of his last four starts. ... Darvish's 188 strikeouts are the second-most by a Rangers rookie, behind the 189 Edwin Correa had in 1986. ... Darvish faced the Rays on Aug. 28 and outdueled James Shields, allowing no runs in seven innings with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
Hitters: Archer has never faced the Rangers. ... The current Rays are just 6-for-25 off Darvish. ... The top hitter is Sam Fuld, who is 2-for-2. ... Evan Longoria is 0-for-3. Carlos Pena is 0-for-3 and all three outs are on strikeouts.
Sun at Tampa Bay: RHP Roy Oswalt (4-2, 5.85) vs. RHP James Shields (13-8, 3.88), 12:40 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW