Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Matchup: Josh Lindblom vs. Wei-Yin Chen
By Jeff Seidel
Special to ESPNDallas.com
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Josh Lindblom gets the call for the Rangers in the third game of their series in Baltimore. It will be Lindblom's fifth start of the season, and he’ll battle Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who’s been out for almost two months. The game begins at 6:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.
Lindblom (1-2, 4.50): Manager Ron Washington made the call Tuesday that Lindblom would get the start. Ross Wolf was the other option. ... Lindblom is on his third tour of duty with the Rangers this season and got his first win with Texas last Thursday with two-thirds of an inning of relief against the Mariners. ... The 26-year old has an 0-2 record with a 5.40 ERA in four starts this season. ... Held PCL hitters to a .197 average this season, posting a 7-0 record with Round Rock. ... Never faced Baltimore in his career.
Chen (3-3, 3.04): The left-hander was arguably Baltimore’s most effective pitcher in its playoff run last year. ... Started well this season before hurting himself May 12 versus the Twins. He suffered a right oblique strain in his five-inning effort and has been out ever since ... Chen is in his second season with the Orioles and has 27 strikeouts and 12 walks in 47 S innings. ... His return should help a Baltimore rotation that’s been struggling throughout his absence.
Hitters: Only a few Texas batters have ever seen Chen. A.J. Pierzynski has had the most success, going 2-for-6 (.333) versus the left-hander. No Orioles have ever batted versus Lindblom.