Friday, September 6, 2013
Matchup: Matt Garza vs. C.J. Wilson
By Eric Gilmore
The Rangers open a three-game series Friday night in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels with right-hander Matt Garza on the mound facing former Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson. First pitch is at 9:05 p.m. on TXA21 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.
Garza (9-3, 3.55): Garza is 3-2 with a 4.04 ERA in eight starts since coming to the Rangers in a trade from the Cubs. ... As a Ranger, Garza has struck out 53 and walked 13 over 55 2/3 innings while allowing nine home runs. ... He's 0-0 with a 2.73 ERA in two starts against the Angels this season, including one as a Ranger. ... On July 29 against the Angels, Garza allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings and got a no-decision in a 4-3 Rangers win. He struck out six, walked three and gave up one home run. ... For his career against the Angels, Garza is 0-1 with a 5.45 ERA in six starts. ... Garza got a no-decision in his last start, allowing just one run over seven innings in a 2-1 Rangers loss to Minnesota. He struck out nine and walked three.
Wilson (14-6, 3.35): Wilson is 0-2 with an 8.63 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers. ... In his only start against the Rangers this season, Wilson gave up six runs and 11 hits over four innings in a 14-11 loss. ... Wilson owns a six-game winning streak and a 10-game unbeaten streak. Over his past 10 starts he is 6-0 with a 3.09 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 23 walks. ... In his last start, Wilson allowed three runs (two earned) and three hits over six innings, getting the win in a 5-3 Angels victory at Milwaukee.
Hitters: Howie Kendrick is batting .667 against Garza, going 6-for-9 with a home run and a double. ... Former Ranger Josh Hamilton is just 4-for-21 with a double against Garza. ... Erick Aybar is batting just .200 versus Garza, but he has a triple and three RBIs. ... Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is batting .462 (6-for-13) against Wilson with one double, one triple, one home run and three RBIs. ... Adrian Beltre is batting .367 (11-for-30) against Wilson with one home run, four doubles and five RBIs. ... Elvis Andrus is batting .357 (5-for-14) with two doubles and a triple, while Alex Rios owns a .353 career average (6-for-17) with one home run and one double.