Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Jarrod Parker
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try for two straight wins over Oakland when ace Yu Darvish faces A's right-hander Jarrod Parker at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).
Darvish (7-2, 2.64): The Rangers' ace looks for his first win in six starts. ... Darvish is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts, and the Rangers are 1-4 in that span. ... Darvish has taken a no decision in his last four outings. ... Darvish will be pitching on four days rest allowing a run and three hits in seven innings in a 3-1 loss to Toronto. He didn't have his best command but still retired the last 10 batters he faced. ... Darvish obviously has been the victim of poor run support with the offense scoring one or zero runs in four of his last five starts. ... Darvish leads the majors with 127 strikeouts and a .181 opponents' batting average. ... Darvish is 14-3 at Rangers Ballpark with two of the losses coming against Oakland. One of those losses was a 1-0 defeat to the A's on May 21. He allowed one run in six innings and had 10 strikeouts. ... Darvish is 1-3 with a 3.81 ERA in four career starts against the A's.
Parker (5-6, 4.45): Parker is on a roll, much like teammate Dan Straily was before the Rangers rocked him Monday night. ... Parker is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and a .179 opponents' batting average in his last four starts. ... The 24-year-old and ninth overall pick of the 2007 draft is 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA over hi last seven starts. ... Parker started slow, going 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA in his first seven starts. ... He had a no decision in his last start as the A's beat the Yankees 3-2 in 18 innings. Parker went eight innings, allowing two runs. ... Parker is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts against the Rangers. It's his most wins against any team.
Hitters: Rangers slumping shortstop Elvis Andrus (3-for-8) has three RBIs against Parker. Coco Crisp (3-for-6, 1 HR, 4 RBIs), Seth Smith (4-for-10, 1 RBI) and Yoenis Cespedes (3-for-7, 1 HR, 1 RBI) have had success against Darvish.