Texas Rangers: Torrii Hunter

C.J. Wilson with his best effort of 2011

April, 18, 2011
4/18/11
10:45
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- C.J. Wilson will downplay his efforts at times, but the Rangers ace set the tone of this three-game series with the Angels on Monday night with a splendid performance.

"I felt a little bit more myself," Wilson said of his outing in the Rangers' 7-1 victory. "I still don't feel like I'm all the way back to where I want to be yet considering the last couple of starts I've had, and they were below average for me. To go out there and throw that many pitches and keep the scoring down and keep the pace up, it was a fast-paced game for me in the sense I tried to go out and have quick innings, and that helped out a lot."

Wilson moved to 2-0 on the season as he struck out a season-high nine and allowed just one run on nine hits in seven innings of work. Wilson made sure he threw inside on the Angels' hitters and mixed up his pitches by throwing some off-speed stuff.

The first inning set the tone for Wilson when after a one-out walk to Bobby Abreu, he retired Torii Hunter on a 6-4-3 double play. It was just the start for Wilson, who is 3-1 with 3.25 ERA in his last six starts against the Angels.

"The walk to Abreu was kinda like, it was almost comical for me because he's got great plate discipline," said Wilson, who threw 116 pitches. "But it was the first taste that I had [with] the wind blowing into me so the ball was maybe darting a little bit at the last second. Maybe I wasn't seeing where I needed to hit my spots. I didn't feel like I was totally as sharp as I should have been. I was just ahead of the count often enough."

Mound matchup: Weaver vs. Wilson

May, 18, 2010
5/18/10
1:00
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- This one has all the makings of a real dandy. Don't get to the ballpark late, you might miss it with these two taking the hill. The Los Angeles Angels look to right-hander Jered Weaver, while the Texas Rangers turn to C.J. Wilson, their most consistent starter so far this season. Here's a look at the matchup:

Wilson (3-1, 1.48 ERA) He enters the game with the lowest ERA in the AL after the Yankees' Phil Hughes struggled Monday. Wilson's record might be more impressive if he received more run support. He got a no-decision in his last start, a 12-inning, 2-1 win, despite throwing seven innings of one-run, four-hit baseball. It was the fourth time in seven starts that he received one or no runs as his 2.59 run support is the second lowest in the AL. He's posted seven consecutive quality starts, the most to begin a season by a member of the season-opening rotation in franchise history. Wilson has not allowed a home run in 43 appearances and seven starts dating to pre-All-Star break last year, a total of 84.2 innings, and he has a homerless streak of 69.1 innings at Rangers Ballpark, the longest in the stadium's history.

Weaver (4-2, 2.47 ERA) The lanky right-hander took his second loss of the season in his last start against Tampa Bay, allowing four runs -- just one earned -- in seven innings while striking out a career-best 12. His seven quality starts this season are second most in the AL. Weaver is making his 15th career start against the Rangers. He was 2-2 with a 4.81 ERA last season and 4-3 with a 3.39 ERA lifetime.

Batters: Josh Hamilton figures to be back in the lineup for the Rangers, especially since he's batting .333 lifetime against Weaver with three doubles on five hits in 15 at-bats. Elvis Andrus is also batting .333 against Weaver with three singles and an RBI. Three Angels are hitting better than .400 against Wilson: Torii Hunter (.500), Juan Rivera (.444) and Howie Kendrick (.429).

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