Sunday, September 29, 2013
Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Jason Vargas
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers finish up the regular season and hope to get a win to ensure they'll play another game when right-hander Yu Darvish faces Jason Vargas at 2:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon on Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.
Darvish (13-9, 2.82): Darvish has a major league leading 269 strikeouts this season, equaling the most since Randy Johnson had 290 punchouts in 2004. ... Darvish took a no-decision in his starter Tuesday against Houston, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. ... He has pitched past the sixth inning in his last two starts. ... He is 1-4 with a 3.38 ERA for his last eight starts. ... He has lost three consecutive home starts. ... He makes his fourth start against the Angels this season. ... He is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA.
Vargas (9-7, 4.01 ERA): Vargas had a complete game shutout Tuesday night against Oakland. ... It was his second shutout this season and fifth of his career. ... Vargas gave up four its and walked one. ... Otherwise, it's been a brutal September for Vargas, who is 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA, allowing 36 hits in 29 1/3 innings. ... Vargas has a 2.89 ERA against the Rangers this season and has not recorded a decision in three starts. .... He is 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA versus Texas for his career.
Hitters: Geovany Soto is 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBIs against Vargas and should draw the start with Yu Darvish pitching. Mike Trout is 8-for-26 with three home runs and five RBIs against Darvish.