Sunday, September 30, 2012
Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Ervin Santana
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The second game of today's doubleheader features LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Ervin Santana. The game starts at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A look at the matchup:
Holland (11-6, 4.50 ERA): The 25-year-old is 6-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 10 starts in September the past two seasons. ... He gave up three runs in three innings in his last start, a 5-4 comeback win for the Rangers on Monday vs. Oakland. It was Holland's second-shortest start of the season. He threw 77 pitches in those three innings and allowed four hits and two homers. ... Despite that outing, he's still 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA in his last seven starts. ... In the middle game of the Rangers-Angels series last week, Holland held the Halos to two runs over seven innings. He is 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA in three starts against them this season.
Santana (9-12, 4.93 ERA): He recorded his 50th career home win in his last start, Sept. 21 vs. White Sox. ... He matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts in that game. ... This will be his 27th career start against the Rangers. ... In his last start vs. Texas, Santana gave up three runs on four hits in five innings in a 15-8 win. ... He is 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA in September. ... Is 2-3 with a 7.24 ERA against the Rangers since the start of 2011. ... He is 6-6 with a 7.08 ERA in 15 starts in Texas in his career.
Hitters: Michael Young is batting .355 against Santana (in 76 at-bats, the most of any Ranger). ... Ian Kinsler has a .365 average with a homer and six RBIs. ... Erick Aybar (10-for-33), Alberto Callaspo (9-for-27), Mike Trout (5-for-12) and Albert Pujols (5-for-9, 2 HRs) have hit Holland well. ... Torii Hunter is just 7-for-30 with seven strikeouts off Holland.