Since Game 1 of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards was rained out yesterday, the boys will play a double-header today. This is the first road trip for the Rangers. Now, both teams have been impressive this season with the Orioles only being defeated in one of their games and the Rangers having won all six of their season games.
This is the Rangers first doubleheader since they played Seattle at home on September 13, 2009 and will be the first for the Rangers on the road since September 8, 2009, which resulted in a sweep of Cleveland. The Rangers will look to continue their winning streak when they put Colby Lewis on the mound for Game 1 and Matt Harrison for Game 2. They will look to do a sweep like they did in 2009.
The first game is set to start around 3:30 CT with KTXA 21 to broadcast the first game and Fox Sports Southwest to broadcast the second game. Find pitching matchups and more after the jump.
Game 1 Pitching Matchups
Lewis got the win in last Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox after pitching six innings while striking out four batters and only allowing three runs resulting in a 4.50 ERA. After finishing 12-13 last year, – his first year with the Rangers after pitching over in Japan for two – Lewis is solid so far this year although it’s only been one game and will likely continue to his success this afternoon. The hitters that have the best averages against Lewis would be Vladimir Guerrero with a .333 average, J.J. Hardy with a .400 average, Cesar Izturis with .333, Felix Pie with .333, and Matt Wieters with a .667 average.
Baltimore will put rookie pitcher Zach Britton on the mound who also earned a win his first time out this season and stands with a 1.50 ERA. Over six innings, the Major League rookie allowed just a single run on only three hits over the Tampa Bay Rays. He had six strike outs and three walks and will look to pitch a similar game in just his second game of his Major League career. However, when comparing the Rays offense and the Rangers offense, there is a huge difference and the Rangers are red hot.
Game 2 Pitching Matchups
The Rangers will put Matt Harrison on the mound. Harrison was a bit of a question mark after he earned the starting spot in the rotation due to falling in his previous Major League appearances; however, he showed in his Major League debut as part of the club that he had grown and was very impressive. He was able to hold the Red Sox to a single run in his seven pitching innings resulting in a 5-1 win. He had eight strikeouts, which was a career high, and couldn’t have impressed the Rangers more. Against Baltimore, he has two wins but has a high 7.50 ERA. Vlad has a .333 batting average against Harrison as does Adam Jones. Brian Roberts hold a .500 and Robert Andino holds a .667 batting average and Mark Reynolds is 1.000.
The Orioles will counter with Jake Arrieta. In Arrieta’s first start this season against Detroit, he pitched six innings allowing just a single run on six hits. He had three strikeouts and walked two batters. Against the Rangers, Arrieta is 1-1 with a whopping 1.38 ERA. Against Arrieta, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, David Murphy and Julio Borbon all have .333 batting averages. Mitch Moreland and Nelson Cruz have .500 batting averages while Elvis Andrus has a .400 average.
Both teams have been impressive this year with pitching, batting and defense – in fact, these two teams are the two best American League teams this season – so it’s definitely going to be a tough game.