Monday, July 29, 2013
Matchup: Matt Garza vs. Jered Weaver
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to turn a dismal month around when right-hander Matt Garza faces Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver on Monday night in Arlington. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN, Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzimmons and Durrett to discuss the Matt Garza trade and if the Rangers are done shopping before the deadline.
Garza (7-1, 2.87): Garza makes his second start for the Rangers since last Monday's trade from the Chicago Cubs. ... He was brilliant in his first start for Texas, pitching 7 1/3 innings and allowing an unearned run in a win over the New York Yankees. He had five strikeouts and no walks. ... Garza is 6-0 with 1.23 ERA and has averaged 7 1/3 innings per start and walked only eight during his current hot stretch. ... He tries to become the third pitcher in the majors to win seven straight starts this season. ... Garza brings a different dimension to the Rangers' rotation, pitching to contact and still getting strikeouts. ... He hasn't thrown more than 114 pitches in a start this season while racking up 67 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings. ... He is 0-1 with a 5.83 ERA in five starts against the Angels. ... He allowed four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision June 5 against the Halos, the first time he's faced them since 2010 with Tampa Bay.
Weaver (5-5, 2.98): Weaver is back to his old dominant self after missing six weeks with a fractured elbow suffered when he was hit by a line drive by the Rangers' Mitch Moreland on April 7. Weaver was already having a rough start that day, allowing five runs in five innings. ... Weaver returned June 4 and has been very good since then. He hasn't allowed a run in three of his last four starts and has given up one earned run or fewer in five of his last six starts. ... He beat the Twins 1-0 on Wednesday, pitching eight shutout innings. Weaver allowed two hits, had eight strikeouts and two walks. ... He is giving up only five hits per game during this six-start stretch, not good news for a slumping Rangers offense. ... Weaver is 13-8 with a 3.75 ERA for his career against the Rangers.
Hitters:Elvis Andrus, who has hits in all 10 games out of the All-Star break, is 23-for-62 with two of his 14 career home runs against Weaver. Alberto Callaspo, a noted Rangers nemesis, is 4-for-9 with a home run and three RBIs against Garza. Josh Hamilton is 3-for-18 with six strikeouts and no home runs against the new Rangers starter.