Sunday, May 12, 2013
Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Jordan Lyles
By Todd Wills
HOUSTON -- The Rangers go for a hard-earned three-game sweep on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park when right-hander Nick Tepesch faces Houston right-hander Jordan Lyles in a battle of ground-ball pitchers at 1:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.
Tepesch (2-3, 4.50): Tepesch tries turn things around after a stretch of two rough starts
He's allowed 10 earned runs in 10⅔ innings after an April during which he was 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA
The Rangers are 3-3 in his starts
He has recorded 57 ground ball outs against 25 fly ball outs so far this season
He has a 2.28 ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio, second to Detroit's Doug Fister in the American League
Tepesch has only four walks in 32 innings
He's had a streak of 20⅓ innings without a walk this season
He's been working on his command in between starts as he tries to spot his fastball with more consistency
He's allowed 14 hits in two starts after giving up 20 in four April starts
He's held left-handed batters to a .214 batting average against
Tepesch is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA for three road starts
He'll be facing Houston for the first time.
Lyles (1-0, 4.50): Lyles earned his first victory of the season in his second start on Tuesday, allowing three runs on four hits in five innings in a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels
It was his first victory against an American League opponent
The 22-year-old right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 2
He was 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA for five starts
Lyles has a 4.04 ERA for 22 career starts at Minute Maid Park, and six of his eight wins have come at home
Lyles has spent most of the past two seasons as the major leagues' youngest starter
Lyles had a 1.95 ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio in 2012, ranking him ninth in the National League
Lyles, making his fifth career start against the Rangers, is 0-3 with 17 earned runs allowed in 22⅓ innings.
Hitters: The Astros have never faced Tepesch. Elvis Andrus (3-for-9) and David Murphy (3-for-4, one HR) have had the most success against Lyles.