Sunday, September 16, 2012
Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Blake Beavan
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final game of this homestand and series with the Seattle Mariners starts at 2:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. It features LHP Matt Harrison against RHP Blake Beavan. Here's a look:
Harrison (16-9, 3.36 ERA): The lefty is taking the mound for the 29th time and does so tied with Detroit's Max Scherzer for fourth in the AL with 16 wins. ... The 16 wins matches the most by any Rangers pitcher in the last three seasons (joining Derek Holland and C.J. Wilson). ... The last pitcher with more wins was Scott Feldman with 17 in 2009. ... Harrison gave up two runs on five hits with thee walks and six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings in his last start vs. Cleveland at the beginning of this homestand. ... He has three complete games in 2012. ... He is 9-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 16 games (12 starts) in his career against Seattle, including 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA in three starts in 2012. ... He has won his last seven starts against Seattle, tying the fifth-longest streak of consceutive wins against Seattle in Mariners history.
Beavan (9-9, 5.01 ERA): The 23-year-old is making his 23rd start of the season and is 6-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 10 starts since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. ... Beavan got the loss in his last start, allowing four runs on eight hits with two homers in 5 2/3 innings to Boston on Tuesday. ... His last win was Aug. 30 at Minnesota, when he gave up two runs in seven innings of work. ... Beavan has allowed just 19 walks in 125 2/3 innings pitched this season. ... He's 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA with 11 strikeouts in four career starts against Texas. That includes a 1-1 mark and a 4.38 ERA in two starts this season.
Hitters: David Murphy is 5-for-12 and Adrian Beltre is 5-for-11 off Beavan. ... Michael Young is 1-for-12 and Nelson Cruz is 1-for-9. ... Franklin Gutierrez (6-for-17) and Brendan Ryan (4-for-10) have hit Harrison well. ... Miguel Olivo is 1-for-18.
Tues at LAA: Ryan Dempster (6-1, 4.11 ERA in AL) vs. Jered Weaver (17-4, 2.74 ERA), 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/FSSW
Wed at LAA: Derek Holland (10-6, 4.50 ERA) vs. C.J. Wilson (12-9, 3.73 ERA), 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/FSSW
Thurs at LAA: Yu Darvish (15-9, 4.02 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke, 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/FSSW