Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Carlos Villanueva
By Sahadev Sharma | Special to ESPNDallas.com
Justin Grimm gets his second start of the season as the Texas Rangers take on Carlos Villanueva and the Chicago Cubs in the second game of a three-game set at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and KSKY 660 AM.
Grimm (0-0, 4.50): Grimm lasted just four innings in his only start of the season. He threw 92 pitches, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two against Mariners. … This will be Grimm’s first appearance against the Cubs. … Grimm has made one interleague start in his young career, going six solid innings against the Astros, allowing three runs while striking out seven and walking none in his major league debut. … Grimm has yet to record a plate appearance in his career.
Villanueva (0-0, 0.64): Villanueva has been impressive in his two starts with the Cubs, allowing only one earned run in 14 innings pitched. … The lone run recorded off Villanueva this season came via a solo home run from Braves center fielder B.J. Upton. … Villanueva was in line for the victory in both games he pitched this season, only to see a leaky Cubs bullpen blow the lead. … Villanueva had 4.50 ERA while striking out 122 and walking 46 in 125 1/3 innings (38 appearances, 16 starts) with the Blue Jays last season. … Villanueva struggled with a 4.50 ERA as a starter last season, but impressed with a 22.9 percent strikeout rate while walking only 6.7 percent of the batters he faced. … Villanueva has a 3.69 ERA in 85 1/3 interleague innings and a 3.16 ERA in 25 2/3 innings against the Rangers.
Hitters: Nelson Cruz (3-for-10, 1 HR, 1 2B), Adrian Beltre (3-for-6, 1 2B) and Jeff Baker (3-for-5) have had success against Villanueva. Grimm has not faced a player currently on the Cubs roster.