Saturday, August 10, 2013
Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Brad Peacock
By Todd Wills
HOUSTON -- The Rangers try for a six-game winning streak with left-hander Derek Holland facing Houston right-hander Brad Peacock at 6:10 p.m. Saturday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.
Holland (9-6, 3.02): Holland is on a great run with seven quality starts in his last eight outings ... He is 4-2 with a 2.33 ERA during that span ... He pitches with an extra days' rest, that after going eight shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over Oakland on Sunday ... Holland allowed four singles and had 10 strikeouts ... He didn't allow a runner to third base ... Holland has gone seven innings and allowed two runs or less in 10 of his 23 starts ... He ranks sixth in the American League with 145 strikeouts ... Holland is 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA for 12 road starts ... His .875 road winning percentage is second in the majors to Detroit's Max Scherzer (7-0, 1.000) ... Holland will make his first start of the season against Houston ... He allowed three home runs in his only career start against Houston last season, losing 6-5 at Minute Maid Park.
Peacock (1-4, 7.25): Peacock was a tough luck loser in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota on Sunday ... He allowed three runs in seven innings ... He had 10 strikeouts ... Peacock is on a three-game losing streak ... The Astros are 1-5 for his starts ... Opponents are batting .316 with four home runs in 38 at-bats this season against Peacock at Minute Maid Park ... Peacock relies on a four-seam fastball and a curve ball ... He was acquired in an offseason trade with the Oakland A's.
Hitters: Peacock faces the Rangers for the first time. The current Astros lineup is batting .227 against Holland.