Texas Rangers: Jeremy Hellickson
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Hellickson (11-8, 5.04 ERA): Hellickson has had a down and then up season. ... He is 8-3 since the All-Star break, but still has a below average ERA of 4.67. ... Hellickson has pitched his best at home, with a 4.52 ERA at Tropicana Field. ...The Rays have won six of his last seven home starts and 11 of 14 for the season. ... Hellickson didn't get a decision Thursday against Boston, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings in an eventual 4-3 victory over the Red Sox. ... Hellickson allowed two home runs in that start, which should make for an interesting night with the Rangers not hitting a long ball in seven games. ... He has averaged 91.5 mph on his fastball after seven days in late August working in the minor leagues. ... Hellickson has never beaten the Rangers. ... He suffered a 5-4 loss to Texas on April 8, allowing three runs and two homers in five innings. ... A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back home runs off Hellickson in the start.
Hitters: Alex Rios is 3-for-7 with a home run and Moreland is 2-for-5 off Hellickson. Evan Longoria is 4-for-6 with a home run Matt Joyce is 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs against Ogando.
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Lance Berkman DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
David Murphy LF
Nelson Cruz RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Craig Gentry CF
Desmond Jennings CF
Sam Fuld LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Yunel Escobar SS
James Loney 1B
Jose Molina C
Kelly Johnson DH
Ogando (1-0, 0.00): Ogando made a big impression in his first start, pitching 6 1/3 shutout innings at Houston on Wednesday and setting a career high with 10 strikeouts. ... This is his third start since 2011 after working out of the bullpen last season. ... He pitched in four games against the Rays in 2012, allowing a run in 3 2/3 innings. ... Ogando is 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in eight appearances, including one start, lifetime against Tampa Bay. ... He pitched three scoreless innings in four relief appearances against the Rays in the playoffs.
Hellickson (0-0, 7.11 ERA): Hellickson, in his third full year in the big leagues, picked up a no-decision in his first start against Baltimore on Wednesday. The Rays won 8-7 on a home run by Matt Joyce. Hellickson allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits -- including a home run to former Ranger Chris Davis -- and a walk. ... It was the fifth time in 65 career starts that Hellickson has allowed five runs or more in a start. ... Hellickson will be pitching on his 26th birthday, a year after beating the Yankees 3-0 on the day he turned 25. ... Hellickson was a co-winner of the Gold Glove last season along with White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy. ... Hellickson is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers and 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA at Rangers Ballpark.
Hitters: Lance Berkman (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBIs) has had some power success against Hellickson. ... Adrian Beltre hit two home runs off of Hellickson in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series. ... Evan Longoria (2-for-4, HR, 1 RBI) and Yunel Escobar (3-for-8, 1 RBI) have had some success against Ogando.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Texas Rangers will open a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Friday in what will be their first visit to Tropicana Field since the 2011 American League Division Series. The game starts at 6:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. Here’s a look at the pitching matchup featuring LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson:
Holland (10-6, 4.79 ERA): The lefty has won three straight starts and is 3-0 with a 3.51 ERA in his last five to lower his season ERA from 5.18 to 4.79. A win Friday would give Holland his first career four-game winning streak. ... Opponents have hit just .213 against Holland in his last five starts. ... In postseason play against the Rays over the last two years, Holland has four appearances and one start. He started Game 2 against the Rays last year, working five innings while allowing six hits and three runs (one earned). The Rangers took that game to even the series, 1-1. ... Texas is 14-8 in Holland’s starts this year.
Hellickson (8-10, 3.41 ERA): The Rays were 4-1 in Hellickson’s first five starts but are just 7-13 since. Run support has been the big issue for the tough-luck pitcher. Tampa Bay has scored only six runs in Hellickson’s last six starts and just four runs with Hellickson on the mound. ... Hellickson has gone seven innings or more in just six of his 25 starts. Last year, he went seven or more innings in 14 of 29 starts en route to AL Rookie of the Year honors. ... Hellickson is averaging 16.8 pitches per inning, the seventh-highest total in the American League.
Hitters: Evan Longoria is 8-for-19 against Holland with two homers. ... B.J. Upton has gone 8-for-17 against the Texas lefty. ... No Texas players has more than four at-bats against Hellickson. Josh Hamilton is 2-for-3 against the right-hander with a homer.
Sat. at TB: RHP Yu Darvish (14-9, 4.29 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Archer (0-2, 3.86 ERA), 6:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun. at TB: RHP Roy Oswalt (4-2, 5.85) vs. RHP James Shields (13-8, 3.88 ERA), 12:40 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540AM/FSSW
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Game 4 of the ALDS features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson. The game will be at 1:07 p.m. central time on TBS and on ESPN 103.3 FM. We will be live chatting during the game as well. A look at the matchup:
Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA): The 26-year-old is making his first start in the postseason in his career. ...He did get a chance to pitch in Game 2, at least giving him a sense of the postseason experience. He threw 15 pitches and got two outs after allowing a walk and a hit (Mike Gonzalez allowed an inherited runner to score and it was charged to Harrison). ...His last start was Wednesday in Anaheim, the final game of the regular season. He allowed one run on five hits in six innings with a walk and four strikeouts. ...Harrison hasn't started against the Rays since Aug. 16, 2008, when he pitched eight scoreless innings on three hits with eight strikeouts. ...He was 4-0 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts in September and the Rangers won all five of those games.
Hellickson (13-10, 2.95 ERA): In his first full season in the majors, the 24-year-old led big league rookies with a 2.95 ERA, 189 innings pitched, 29 starts and 20 quality starts. ...He was also third in the majors with a .210 opponent batting average, behind Justin Verlander (.192) and Clayton Kershaw (.207). ...He was third among AL starters with a 2.64 ERA after the All-Star break. ...He has allowed three runs or fewer in 30 of his 33 career starts. ...Hellickson has faced the Rangers once in his career, taking a 2-0 loss to Scott Feldman on Aug. 30 at Texas. He gave up two runs on six hits in six innings, but had four walks.
Hitters: Josh Hamilton is 2-for-3 with a homer off Hellickson. ...David Murphy is 2-for-2. ...Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler are a combined 0-for-7 against Hellickson. ...Two Tampa hitters have given Harrison particular trouble: Evan Longoria is 4-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs and Johnny Damon is 5-for-10 with two strikeouts. ...Casey Kotchman is 0-for-7 and Ben Zobrist is 1-for-8.
Feldman (0-0, 3.94 ERA): The 28-year-old is making a spot start in place of Matt Harrison as the club decided to give Harrison some rest. ...Feldman spent half the season rehabbing from microfracture surgery on his right knee and joined the club just after the All-Star break. He started 22 games in 2010, but struggled and was moved to the bullpen for the final few months of the year. He finished with a 5.48 ERA just one season removed from a 17-win campaign and a new contract (he had a 4.08 ERA in 2009 to go along with those 17 wins). ...Feldman matched his longest relief appearance last Sunday with 4 2/3 innings pitched against the White Sox (he gave up five runs). ...Opponents are hitting .230 against him since he returned. ...He's 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA in eight games (three starts) against the Rays in his career and is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA as a starter vs. Tampa Bay.
Hellickson (11-9, 3.01 ERA): The 24-year-old righty from Des Moines, Iowa, has a 1-2 record in August despite a 2.36 ERA. ...He gave up two runs on six hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and one walk in his last start on Aug. 25 against Detroit, but got the loss in a 2-0 Tigers win. ...Since the beginning of July, Hellickson has six quality starts in eight outings. ...His ERA is 3.68 on the road and just 2.41 at home, with just one more road start this season. ...He has not faced the Rangers in his career.
Hitters: No current Rangers hitters have faced Hellickson. ...Rays hitters are batting .193 against Feldman in their careers. ...Kelly Shoppach (4-for-13, 5 Ks) and Johnny Damon (2-for-9, 5 BBs) are the only batters to face Feldman more than nine times.
Wed. vs. TB: RHP Alexi Ogando (12-6, 3.57) vs. RHP James Shields (12-10, 2.96), 7:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW
Thur. vs. TB: LHP C.J. Wilson (13-6, 3.29) vs. RHP Jeff Niemann (9-5, 3.46), 7:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW
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